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Maryland unemployment claims significantly down from week prior

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Posted at 10:01 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 10:03:31-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Unemployment insurance claims were significantly down last week after skyrocketing the week before.

On Thursday the Maryland Department of Labor said 65,805 citizens filed for unemployment last week, a substantial decrease from the 109,263 claims filed the week prior.

Those numbers reflected repairs made to the new online BEACON System, which had been preventing a large amount of citizens from filing.

Before then, the state saw a three week drop in claims. For the week ending on April 25 --37,225 people filed, which was down from 47,545 the week before, and 61,770 and 108,508 respectively, the prior two weeks.

Since March 1-- 562,622 people in the state have filed for unemployment, compared to only 446,883 claims in the years 2018 and 2019 combined.

Meanwhile on Thursday, the U.S. Department of Labor reported 3 million American's filed for unemployment last week, bringing the total number of claims nationwide to 36 million over the last eight weeks.

A full breakdown of last week's unemployment numbers can be read below.

Unemployment week of May 9