The latest numbers show that more than 83,000 Marylanders have filed unemployment claims in the past week, almost doubling the number of claims from the week before. Two weeks ago, there were only around 2,000 claims. Maryland’s Secretary of Labor, Tiffany Robinson, reported that these numbers are higher than the entirety of claims filed last year.
According to the United States Department of Labor, in the nation, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 6,648,000, an increase of 3,341,000 from the previous week’s revised level. This marks the highest level of seasonally adjusted initial claims in the history of the seasonally adjusted series. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.1 percent for the week ending March 21, an increase of 0.9 percentage point from the previous week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 21 was 3,029,000, an increase of 1,245,000 from the previous week’s revised level. This is the highest level for insured unemployment since July 6, 2013 when it was 3,079,000.