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Maryland unemployment insurance claims down for second straight week

Posted at 10:36 AM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 18:10:48-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Unemployment insurance claims in Maryland are down for a second straight week.

On Thursday the Maryland Department of Labor said 51,108 citizens filed for unemployment last week, which is 14,697 less claims than the week prior, and more than half of the109,263 claims filed before that.

Those numbers three weeks ago 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-- 613,730 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 2.4 million American's filed for unemployment last week, bringing the total number of claims nationwide to 38 million over the last nine weeks.

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