Unemployment insurance claims are still reaching unprecedented levels across the Ohio Valley region.
Nearly 260,000 people in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia joined those seeking help during the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. That surge in claims is in addition to the more than one million unemployment assistance applications people in the Ohio Valley made since mid-March.
The data released Thursday morning by the U.S. Department of Labor showing more than 4.4 million unemployment claims around the country for the week, bringing the country’s total jobless applicants to approximately 26 million since mid-March.
Labor Department figures for the week ending April 18 show Kentucky with 103,548 claims; Ohio with 108,801; and West Virginia with 46,251.
Backlogs of unemployment insurance claims across Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia continue to be a problem with some people initially being rejected for their unemployment claim.
The data reported to the U.S. Department of Labor only accounts for unemployment assistance that has been processed.