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News release year:

  • 1/19/2022

    Washington’s economy added 14,000 jobs in December. Between November and December, the preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent.

  • 1/6/2022

    For the 4-week moving average ending Jan. 1, 2022, compared to the previous 4-week moving average:
    - Regular initial claims increased by 1,826 to a total of 7,490. As with the previous 4-week moving average, the increase is likely due to seasonal layoffs, primarily in the construction and agriculture industries.
    - Regular continued claims increased by 3,713 to a total of 49,848.

  • 12/15/2021

    Washington’s economy added 12,800 jobs in November. Between October and November, the preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate fell 4.7 percent.

  • 12/9/2021

    For the 4-week moving average ending Nov. 27, 2021, regular initial claims increased by 189 to a total of 5,461 while regular continued claims decreased by 5,686 to a total of 45,162.

  • 11/30/2021

    New legislation took effect in August that expanded the qualifying period for people who worked fewer hours because of COVID-19. If they meet other eligibility requirements, they may be able to qualify for paid family or medical leave benefits under this new expansion.

  • 11/17/2021

    Washington’s economy added 6,300 jobs in October. Between September and October, the preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate fell slightly to 5.0 percent.

  • 11/15/2021

    The 4-week moving average ending Oct. 30, 2021, compared to the 4-week moving average for the week ending Oct. 2, shows that regular continued claims decreased by 13,163 to a total of 50,848. This total is the lowest 4-week moving average for regular continued claims since the start of the pandemic.

  • 11/10/2021

    ESD guarantees the agency will process all WA Cares Fund exemption applications submitted on or before Dec. 1, 2021, before premiums take effect in January.

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