Maryland unemployment claims down for third straight week

Posted at 11:34 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 11:39:10-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Unemployment insurance claims in Maryland are down for a third straight week, and six out of the last seven weeks.

On Thursday the Maryland Department of Labor said 48,963 citizens filed for unemployment last week, down from 51,108 the week before, which was 14,697 less claims than the week prior, and more than half of the 109,263 claims filed before that.

Those numbers four 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.

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Since March 1-- 662,693 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 2.1 million people filed initial claims for unemployment, totaling $40 million in the last 10 weeks.

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