Md. unemployment claims rise by more than 10k, ending four week downward trend

Posted at 9:49 AM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 09:55:43-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — New unemployment insurance claims in Maryland went up by more than 10,000 last week, breaking a four week downward trend.

On Thursday the Maryland Department of Labor said 53,464 citizens filed for unemployment, up from 43,095 the week before.

The three weeks prior, jobless claims were at 48,963 -- 51,108 and 65,805 respectively.

It was six weeks ago that unemployment numbers last went up in Maryland. For the week ending on May 2 -- 109,263 people filed, a reflection of repairs made to the online BEACON System, which had been preventing a large amount of citizens from filing.

Before then, the state had another three week drop in claims of 37,225 , 47,545 , and 61,770 respectively.

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Since March 1--759,252 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 1.5 million Americans filed unemployment claims last week, bringing 3-month total to 43 million.