First-time claims for unemployment benefits in Virginia are up for a 10th consecutive week as the economic fallout from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues.

The state had 12,895 initial claims for the week ending Oct. 31, up from 12,352 the previous week, according to Department of Labor statistics.

Initial unemployment claims in Virginia have risen every week since late August, WTOP reported.

Elsewhere in the region, claims in D.C. and Maryland are falling.

The District had 1,188 for the week ending Oct. 31, down from 1,473 the previous week. In Maryland, claims dropped from 10,743 to 10,162 over that period, WTOP reported.

Nationally, the Labor Department reports 751,000 new filings for unemployment benefits in the week ending Oct. 31, down from 758,000 the prior week.

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