News release year:


  • 12/17/2020

    During the week of December 6 – December 12, there were 19,547 initial regular unemployment claims (down 20.5 percent from the prior week) and 491,261 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 0.3 percent from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 12/17/2020

    Businesses throughout the state have been critical to addressing the pandemic, and yet we know many are struggling from the impacts of this public health crisis. I applaud the governor’s leadership to address the impacts to employer’s tax rates through his legislative proposals announced today. We are working closely with the Governor’s Office and our partners to ensure businesses can receive the help and relief they need.

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  • 12/16/2020

    Washington’s economy added 100 jobs in November and the state’s preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for November remained the same as it was in October at 6.0 percent according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 12/16/2020

    The unemployment imposter fraud attack on our state earlier this year has been, and remains, a dynamic and fluid situation. Since the department’s initial announcements in May, many other states have disclosed they too were victims of these attacks. Consistent with what the department has shared since the attack first occurred, the numbers will continue to be updated as further fidelity on them is gained. The numbers below reflect the most recent analysis, as of November 2020.

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  • 12/10/2020

    During the week of November 29 – December 5, there were 24,587 initial regular unemployment claims (up 10.1 percent from the prior week) and 492,533 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (up 7.1 percent from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 12/3/2020

    During the week of November 22-28, there were 22,334 initial regular unemployment claims (down 26.2 percent from the prior week) and 459,681 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 1.1 percent from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 11/29/2020

    Our agency has welcomed these audits from the beginning and we continue to do so. The Employment Security Department and State Auditor’s Office have the shared goal of a secure and continuously improving unemployment system that consistently works better for Washingtonians. We remain firmly committed to full transparency and are collaborating closely with the State Auditor and her staff, as we have all along.

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  • 11/25/2020

    During the week of November 15 - 21, there were 30,274 initial regular unemployment claims (up 79.8 percent from the prior week) and 464,884 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (up 7.1 percent from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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