Over 5,000 County Residents File Unemployment Claims; New Filings Decrease 23 Percent

More than 5,400 Montgomery County residents filed for unemployment claims during the week that ended June 13, according to data from the Maryland Department of Labor.

It’s a 23 percent decrease in new claims from the week that ended June 6.

Of the 5,419 new claims, a combined 2,672 stemmed from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistant (PUA) and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs established as part of the $2 trillion stimulus package signed amid COVID-19.

On June 11, the state expedited claims processing which resulted in the reclassification of some typical unemployment insurance claims. A total of 6,357 claims were reclassified under PUA in Montgomery County during the week that ended June 13.

About 42,000 residents statewide filed initial unemployment claims, a roughly 22 percent decrease in total new filings from June 6.

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