Jobless claims spike in Virginia after coronavirus outbreak; here’s who is currently hiring

Jobless claims spike in Virginia after coronavirus outbreak; here’s who is currently hiring
A new report from the Department of Labor shows that 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, quadrupling the previous record set in 1982. (Source: pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WWBT) - A federal report shows jobless claims in Virginia spiked by nearly a factor of 20 as parts of the economy slowed or shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The report released Thursday shows nearly 47,000 Virginians filed unemployment claims for the week ending March 21. That’s about 18 times higher than the previous four-week rolling average.

Nationwide, 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, quadrupling the previous record set in 1982.

With millions of people looking for work, here’s a list of companies looking to fill positions immediately:

The Virginia Employment Commission is urging people to file claims online as the wait to get through over the phone exceeds two hours.

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