News release year:


  • 9/17/2020

    During the week of September 6 through September 12, there were 18,403 initial regular unemployment claims (down 8.0 percent from the prior week) and 566,443 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (up 6.6 percent from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 9/16/2020

    Olympia- Washington’s economy added 19,800 jobs in August and the state’s preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for August decreased from 10.2 percent (adjusted) to 8.5 percent according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 9/10/2020

    During the week of August 30 through September 5, there were 20,006 initial regular unemployment claims (up 10.1 percent from the prior week) and 531,425 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 6.5 percent from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 9/3/2020

    During the week of August 23 through August 29, there were 18,172 initial regular unemployment claims (down 1.2 percent from the prior week) and 560,920 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 1.4 percent from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 9/1/2020

    The Employment Security Department (ESD) announced today that they will start processing the payments for the Lost Wages Assistance program Mon., Sept. 21. Eligible claimants will receive the money in their accounts as soon as their bank processes the payment from ESD, usually 2-3 days later.

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  • 8/27/2020

    All initial and continued unemployment benefit claims declined during week of August 16-22. During the week of August 16 through August 22, there were 18,389 initial regular unemployment claims (down 16.2 percent from the prior week) and 568,881 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 4.8 percent from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 8/20/2020

    OLYMPIA – More than 1 million Washingtonians have received almost $10 billion in benefits since the start of the pandemic. During the week of August 9 through August 15, there were 21,942 initial regular unemployment claims (down 0.9 percent from the prior week) and 589,631 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 3.7 percent from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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  • 8/20/2020

    OLYMPIA – The Employment Security Department (ESD) announced today it will apply for the Lost Wages Assistance program through the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) no later than tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020.

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