Nearly 49,000 Marylanders and over 2,100,000 Americans overall filed unemployment insurance benefits claims last week.

A total of 48,963 Maryland residents filed unemployment insurance claims in the week ending May 23, 2020, a decrease of 2,145 from the previous week, labor officials report. 

For the week ending on May 16, 2020, 51,108 Marylanders filed for unemployment insurance benefits claims with the Maryland Department of Labor Division of Unemployment Insurance amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

For the week of May 9, 2020, 65,805 Maryland residents filed claims. 

The week ending May 2, 2020, 109,263 Marylanders filed claims. 

The unemployment numbers sharply increased the week ending in May 2 due to expanded filing under the federal CARES Act and the new website implemented by labor officials. 

In the week ending in April 25, 2020, a total of 37,225 Maryland residents filed claims.

The week ending in April 18, 2020, officials said 47,545 residents filed for benefits. The previous week, 61,770 residents filed claims.

Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George's counties had the highest amount of residents to file claims, according to reports.

Overall, 2,123,000 Americans filed unemployment insurance claims with the U.S. Department of Labor, a decrease of 323,000 from the previous week's revised numbers, officials said. Read more at WBAL