December 2021 Monthly Employment Report
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.
Monthly initial and continuing unemployment insurance claims report for December 2021
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.
Monthly Employment Report for November 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.
Monthly initial and continuing unemployment insurance claims report for November 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.
Paid Leave qualifying period expanded for workers impacted by COVID-19
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.
Monthly Employment Report for October 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.
Improving economy, declining jobless claims contribute to lowest 4-week moving average for regular continued claims since start of the pandemic
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.
ESD commits to end of year guaranteed processing for WA Cares Fund exemption applications received by Dec. 1, 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.