Maryland unemployment claims down fourth straight week

Posted at 11:11 AM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 11:12:21-04

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

On Thursday the Maryland Department of Labor said 43,095 citizens filed for unemployment last week, down from 48,963 the week before.

The two weeks prior 51,108 and 65,805 jobless claims were reported, which cut in half the 109,263 claims filed five weeks ago.

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

Before May 2, 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--705,788 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 1.8 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, bringing an 11-week total to about 42 million.

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