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A week-by-week look at Maryland unemployment claims in the age of COVID-19

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Posted at 10:22 AM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2021-07-15 10:23:20-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland is slowly but surely progressing in the fight against COVID-19. Many businesses have reopened as the state is now in stage three of its road map to recovery.

Unemployment claims though continue to be up and down. When the coronavirus outbreak first began, new claims sky rocketed for the first several weeks, before experiencing its first decline in numbers.

At times there has been as many as four straight weeks of downward trends, but then a week pops up where numbers rise again.

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The extraordinary amount of claims forced the Maryland Department of Labor to expand their hours and increase staff. A one-stop online dashboard was implemented to streamline new claims, however that too ran into several road blocks causing massive delays and backlogs. Many weren't even able to get through and file. Those problems have since been taken care of for the most part, as the Labor Department reports over 96 percent of claims have been processed.

Since March 21 -- more than 1.5 million initial unemployment claims were filed.

Keep in mind only 446,883 were filed in the years 2018 and 2019 combined. Despite the pandemic, Maryland's unemployment rate is still lower than the national average.

It should be noted in some instances a claim may be counted twice. Initially, all new claims are filed as regular, but some are first denied and later approved for PUA (i.e. an independent contractor, or Uber driver).

Here's a look at the week by week breakdown by the Maryland Department of Labor.

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2021 Claims

Week Ending July 10

Total regular UI claims: 6,436
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 2,905
Total: 9,341

Week Ending July 3

Total regular UI claims: 8,379
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 5,970
Total: 14,349

Week Ending June 26

Total regular UI claims: 11,636
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 3,573
Total: 15,209

Week Ending June 19

Total regular UI claims: 10,112
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 4,121
Total: 14,233

Week Ending June 12

Total regular UI claims: 10,112
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 4,121
Total: 14,233

Week Ending June 5

Total regular UI claims: 8,613
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 6,569
Total: 15,182

**Disclaimer for New Claim Numbers Week Ending June 5, 2021***

The numbers for the week ending June 5 are being evaluated. Per the recommendation of the U.S. Department of Labor, new weekly claim numbers for the week ending May 22 were submitted as a temporary estimate. The numbers for the week ending June 5 will be revised and available at a later date.

Week Ending May 29

Total regular UI claims: 8,613
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 6,569
Total: 15,182

** Disclaimer for New Claim Numbers Week Ending May 29**
The numbers for the week ending May 29 are being evaluated. Per the recommendation of the U.S. Department of Labor, new weekly claim numbers for the week ending May 22 were submitted as a temporary estimate. The numbers for the week ending May 29 will be revised and available at a later date.

Week Ending May 22

Total regular UI claims: 8,613
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 6,569
Total: 15,182

Week Ending May 15

Total regular UI claims: 8,969
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 6,389
Total: 15,358

Week Ending May 8

Total regular UI claims: 8,092
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 5,520
Total: 13,612

Week Ending May 1

Total regular UI claims: 6,895
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 4,711
Total: 11,606

Week Ending April 24

Total regular UI claims: 6,773
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 4,718
Total: 11,491

Week Ending April 17

Total regular UI claims: 6,711
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 2,803
Total: 9,514

Week Ending April 10

Total regular UI claims: 8,411
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 1,903
Total: 10,314

Week Ending April 3

Total regular UI claims: 6,775
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 2,837
Total: 9,612

Week Ending March 27

Total regular UI claims: 8,929
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 3,351
Total: 12,280

Week Ending March 20

Total regular UI claims: 10,580
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 15,416
Total: 25,996

Week Ending March 13

Total regular UI claims: 7,917
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 16,693
Total: 24,610

Week Ending March 6

Total regular UI claims: 6,737
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 6,845
Total: 13,582

Week Ending February 27

Total regular UI claims: 7,002
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 5,122
Total: 12,124

Week Ending February 20

Total regular UI claims: 7,387
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 4,896
Total: 12,283

Week Ending February 13

Total regular UI claims: 18,114
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 10,813
Total: 28,927

Week Ending February 6

Total regular UI claims: 15,938
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 6,490
Total: 22,428

Week Ending January 30

Total regular UI claims: 33,399
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 17,019
Total: 50,418

Week Ending January 23

Total regular UI claims: 30,514
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 13,819
Total: 44,333

Week ending January 16

Total regular UI claims: 28,918
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 12,678
Total: 41,596

Week ending January 9

Total regular UI claims: 21,797
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 9,716
Total: 31,513

Week ending January 2

Total regular UI claims: 10,638
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 375
Total: 11,013

2020 Claims

Week ending December 26

Total regular UI claims: 17,708
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 5,392
Total: 18,100

Week ending December 19

Total regular UI claims: 12,497
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 5,237
Total: 17,734

Week ending December 12

Total regular UI claims: 10,210
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 5,544
Total: 15,754

Week ending December 5

Total regular UI claims: 10,216
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 5,145
Total: 15,361

Week ending November 28

Total regular UI claims: 8,565
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 4,225
Total: 12,790

Week ending November 21

Total regular UI claims: 12,918
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 5,998
Total: 18,916

Week ending November 14

Total regular UI claims: 11,397
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 7,043
Total: 18,440

Week ending November 7

Total regular UI claims: 10,390
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 6,864
Total: 17,254

Week ending October 24

Total regular UI claims: 9,891
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 10,055
Total: 19,946

Week ending October 17

Total regular UI claims: 10,810
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 12,393
Total: 23,203

Week ending October 10, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 11,604
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 16,784
Total: 28,388

Week ending October 3, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 10,296
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 19,764
Total: 30,060

Week ending September 26, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 8,521
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 6,923
Total: 15,444

Week Ending September 19, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 5,280
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 3,905
Total: 9,185

Week ending September 12, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 7,127
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 6,448
Total: 13,575

Week ending September 5, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 6,434
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 4,890
Total: 11,324

Week ending September 1, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 6,468
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 4,647
Total: 11,115

Week ending August 22, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 6,866
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 5,009
Total: 11,875

Week ending August 15, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 8,281
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 5,910
Total: 14,191

Week ending August 8, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 7,626
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 5,491
Total: 13,117

Week ending August 1, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 9,755
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 8,513
Total: 18,268

Week ending July 25, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 11,958
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 11,881
Total: 23,839

Week ending July 18, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 16,389
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 16,989
Total: 33,378

Week ending July 11, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 18,657
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 18,726
Total: 37,383

Week ending July 4, 2020

Total regular UI claims: 32,497
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 34,062
Total: 66,559

Week ending June 27

Total regular UI claims: 21,929
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 34,197
Total: 56,126

Week ending June 20

Total regular UI claims: 31,944
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 15,857
Total: 47,801

Week ending June 13

Total regular UI claims: 22,902
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 19,039
Total: 41,941

Week ending June 6

Total regular UI claims: 42,312
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 11,152
Total: 53,464

Week ending May 30

Total regular UI claims: 32,030
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 11,065
Total: 43,095

Week ending May 23

Total regular UI claims: 33,836
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 15,127
Total: 48,963

Week ending May 16

Total regular UI claims: 34,745
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 16,363
Total: 51,108

Week ending May 9

Total regular UI claims: 45,709
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 20,096
Total: 65,805

Week ending May 2

Total regular UI claims: 62,076
Total new PUA & PEUC claims: 47,187
Total: 109,263

Week ending April 25

Total UI claims: 37,225

Week ending April 18

Total UI claims: 47,545

Week ending April 11

Total UI claims: 61,770

Week ending April 4

Total UI claims: 108,508

Week ending March 28

Total UI claims: 84,230

Week ending March 21

Total UI claims: 42,334

*DISCLAIMERS*

*Per federal guidelines, individuals filing for PUA and PEUC must first file for and be declared ineligible for regular UI benefits, resulting in two claim filings for one Maryland claimant. MSDL only pays one claimant for one complete claim filed.

*On July 15, the Labor Department uncovered over 47,000 fraudulent claims that would have amounted to more than $501 million in benefits. Though most were denied, it's unclear if those claims affected the total numbers provided above.