First-time unemployment claims in the Lynchburg area reached their highest level in two months, just as it reached the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 being declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. 

In total, 376 initial claims were filed in the Central Virginia Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) during the week of March 13, a 30 percent increase from the previous week’s figure of 288 and the highest number of new claims recorded in the Lynchburg area since the week of Jan. 16. 

Also, 1,724 continued claims for unemployment were filed in the Lynchburg area during the week of March 13. Continued claims are filed by those who made an initial claim in a previous week and are now filing weekly claims to continue receiving benefits. 

The Central Virginia LWDA includes the city of Lynchburg, along with the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell.

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