Equity in Action Dashboard

Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment benefits are a front-line response for addressing economic downturn and uncertainty, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unemployment benefits provide direct cash assistance to help individuals and families who have lost their jobs due to no fault of their own. This dashboard includes information on how many Virginians are currently receiving unemployment benefits at the state and local level. Click on the button below the Virginia Employment Commission logo on the side panel for more information about unemployment in Virginia.

Usability and Accessibility: Use the navigation buttons at the top of the page to access the dashboard and information for each topic area. The dashboards include text captions for charts and tables that are accessible to screen readers. For each chart or table, you can also access the underlying data by clicking on the link(s) in the Data and Documentation section. For more information on metric definitions, data sources, and data notes, see the collapsible sections below each dashboard.

Data and Documentation

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Data Time Period



Percentage of those in the civilian labor force (all those in the civilian noninstitutional population, ages 16 and older) who are currently unemployed, by US Bureau of Labor Statistics definition.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics

January 2020 to August 2021

Unemployment Benefit Funding

Total state unemployment benefits funding provided to claimants. Funding figures combine continued and initial unemployment claim amounts.

Virginia Employment Commission

January 2020 to July 2021

Continued Unemployment Claims

Total number of continued unemployment insurance claims issued. Continued claims come from individuals who have previously requested unemployment insurance aid and reflects ongoing need.

Virginia Employment Commission

January 2020 to July 2021

Initial Unemployment Claims

Total number of initial unemployment insurance claims issued. Initial claims come from individuals who are requesting unemployment insurance aid for the first time.

Virginia Employment Commission

January 2020 to July 2021



Unemployment rate not seasonally adjusted

Unemployment rate data is not seasonally adjusted. This means structural, recurring seasonal influences are not factored into unemployment figures. See the BLS website for more details.

Virginia Employment Commission

Equity at a Glance Dashboard

The Equity at a Glance Dashboard provides a data-driven snapshot of Virginia’s standing across six social determinants of health indicators. The dashboard celebrates Virginia’s leadership in equity and serves as a call to action for leaders to continue closing health equity gaps across the Commonwealth.

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