While the number of people filing weekly unemployment claims in the Lynchburg area remains high, the latest figures from the Virginia Employment Commission show more signs of improvement.

Appomattox County continued claims for unemployment insurance totaled  208 for the week ending Aug. 29, while initial claims totaled 14. 

A total of 5,492 continued claims for unemployment insurance were filed in the Central Virginia Workforce Development Area during the week of Aug. 29, according to VEC figures released Thursday, Sept. 3. Last week’s figure is 43 percent lower than the 9,659 continued claims filed during the week ofMay 9. 

Continued claims are made by individuals who have filed an initial claim for unemployment and are now making weekly claims to continue receiving benefits. 

The Central Virginia Workforce Development area includes the city of Lynchburg, along with the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell. This area had an estimated civilian labor force of 121,105 in July of 2020.  

The number of initial claims, filed by those entering the unemployment system, has come down dramatically in the Central Virginia Workforce Development Area. The 217 initial claims filed during the week of Aug. 29 represents a 93 percent decrease from the 3,357 initial claims filed during the peak week of April 4.