News release year:


  • 8/6/2020

    During the week of July 26 through August 1, there were 24,985 initial regular unemployment claims (down 13.4% from the prior week) and 656,556 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 3.1% from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 8/3/2020

    The Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) announced on Monday it has resolved all claims included in the Operation 100% initiative. These include all individuals who had applied between March 8 and June 18 who had yet to receive payment and needed ESD to take action to resolve their claims.

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  • 7/30/2020

    During the week of July 19 through July 25, there were 28,840 initial regular unemployment claims (down 1.7% from the prior week) and 677,355 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (up 0.6% from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 7/23/2020

    During the week of July 12 through July 18, there were 29,438 initial regular unemployment claims (down 27.3% from the prior week) and 673,444 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 4.7% from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 7/16/2020

    OLYMPIA – Unless Congress acts to extend or adjust it, the additional $600 per week in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Program (FPUC) benefits, available under the federal CARES Act, will stop after the week ending Sat., July 25, 2020. FPUC is entirely federally funded and available only at federal discretion. State unemployment agencies administer the benefits but do not have a say in whether these benefits are extended.

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  • 7/16/2020

    During the week of July 5 through July 11, there were 40,466 initial regular unemployment claims (up 42.5% from the prior week) and 706,309 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 4.1% from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 7/15/2020

    Washington’s economy added 71,000 jobs in June and the state’s preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for June decreased from 15.1 percent to 9.8 percent according to the Employment Security Department (ESD). This was the biggest month-to-month drop in the Washington unemployment rate (5.3%) in ESD records going back at least to 1990.

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  • 7/9/2020

    During the week of June 28 through July 4, there were 28,393 initial regular unemployment claims (down 11.0% from the prior week) and 736,151 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (up 5.7% from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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