News release year:


  • 4/2/2020

    OLYMPIA – Initial claims for unemployment benefits soared to a record 181,975 for the week of March 22-28, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD). This represents a 3,513% increase year over year, and a 41% increase over the previous week. By comparison, this is seven times the peak week during the 2008/2009 recession which was 26,075 weekly initial claims. Including the ongoing weekly claims that were filed, ESD saw roughly 350,000 claims come into its claims center last week.

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  • 3/30/2020

    OLYMPIA – Washington State Employment Security Department Commissioner, Suzi LeVine, released this statement on Monday:

    “What people need right now is reassurance of economic support during this crisis. There are two factors causing people concern that I want to address right away:

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  • 3/26/2020

    OLYMPIA – During the week of March 15-21, 133,464 new claims for unemployment benefits were filed with the Employment Security Department (ESD) which was an increase of 119,310 new claims over the previous week.

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  • 3/26/2020

    OLYMPIA – Washington State Employment Security Department Commissioner, Suzi LeVine, released this statement on Thursday, following the vote in the U.S. Senate to provide sweeping stimulus measures, including the expansion of unemployment benefits:

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  • 3/24/2020

    OLYMPIA – The job search requirement to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits was made optional on Tuesday, another in a series of measures by Gov. Jay Inslee and the state Employment Security Department to increase access to unemployment benefits for workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • 3/20/2020

    During the week of March 8-14, 2020 14,154 new claims for unemployment benefits were filed with the Employment Security Department (ESD) which was an increase of 7,606 new claims over the previous week. In King County the number of new initial claims filed increased from 1,837 to 5,834 over the same period.

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  • 3/18/2020

    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Employment Security Department Commissioner, Suzi LeVine, released the following statement today regarding unprecedented demand for the agency’s services:

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  • 3/17/2020

    Starting Wed., March 18, 2020 the WorkSource offices across Washington State (American Job Centers) will be closed for in-person customer service and will be adopting a virtual-only customer service model until the science and health guidance suggests it is safe to re-open for direct service.

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