News release year:


  • 5/21/2020

    During the week of May 10-16, there were 138,733 initial regular unemployment claims (an increase of 29,308 from the previous week) and 1,670,580 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (an increase of 369,016 from the previous week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 5/20/2020

    Washington’s economy lost 527,000 jobs in April and the state’s preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for April increased from 5.1 percent to 15.4 percent according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 5/18/2020

    OLYMPIA - Since the beginning of May, the Employment Security Department (ESD) has been experiencing a dramatic rise in incidents of “imposter fraud,” where an individual using stolen personal information fraudulently apply for unemployment benefits. ESD Commissioner, Suzi LeVine, released this statement on Monday as an update to information she shared last week.

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  • 5/14/2020

    During the week of May 3-9, there were 109,425 initial regular unemployment claims (an increase of 8,663 from the previous week) and 1,301,564 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (an increase of 215,533 from the previous week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 5/14/2020

    OLYMPIA – Employment Security Department Commissioner, Suzi LeVine, released this statement regarding the rise in unemployment imposter fraud attempts:

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  • 5/13/2020

    Employment Security Department Commissioner, Suzi LeVine, will discuss the agency’s efforts to fight increasing imposter fraud in the state’s Unemployment Insurance system. She will also discuss the latest unemployment claims numbers and the agency’s initiative, Operation 100%, to get all eligible applicants’ claims resolved or paid by mid-June.

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  • 5/11/2020

    OLYMPIA – Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine released this statement on Monday.

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  • 5/7/2020

    During the week of April 26-May 2, there were 100,762 initial and 1,086,031 total claims for unemployment benefits filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD). ESD paid out over $639 million (a decrease of $347 million from the previous week) to a total of 504,139 individuals (a decrease of 134 from the previous week). Approximately one-third of the $639 million paid out last week were paid with state unemployment trust funds vs two-third from federal funds.

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