News release year:


  • 7/2/2020

    During the week of June 21 through June 27, there were 31,911 initial regular unemployment claims (up 7.8% from the prior week) and 696,272 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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  • 6/29/2020

    OLYMPIA - The Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) will release the Unemployment Trust Fund Forecast later this week, outlining that the department may utilize an interest-free federal loan to pay benefits by the end of the year, based on the latest economic forecast data.

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  • 6/25/2020

    During the week of June 14 through June 20, there were 29,612 initial regular unemployment claims (up 2.0% from the prior week) and 718,615 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (up 3.3% from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 6/18/2020

    During the week of June 7th through June 13th, there were 29,028 initial regular unemployment claims (down 2.3% from the prior week) and 695,532 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (a decrease of 34,061) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 6/17/2020

    Washington’s economy added 52,500 jobs in May and the state’s preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for May decreased from 16.3 percent to 15.1 percent according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 6/16/2020

    Washington’s average annual wage grew by 6.7 percent in calendar year 2019 to $69,000, according to the state Employment Security Department—representing the largest percentage increase year over year since 1999.

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  • 6/11/2020

    During the week of May 31 through June 6, there were 29,713 initial regular unemployment claims (down 4.8% from the prior week) and 729,053 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (a decrease of 45,906) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 6/10/2020

    OLYMPIA – Employment Security Department (ESD) Commissioner, Suzi LeVine, released this statement today regarding the Washington State Auditor’s Office announcement of an upcoming audit of the Unemployment Insurance system.

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