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).
Initial regular claims applications remain at unprecedented elevated levels and are at 450 percent above last year’s weekly new claims applications. Both Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) initial claims continued to decline over the previous week.
ESD paid out over $532.9 million for 410,836 individual claims – an increase of $78.2 million for 10,957 more individual claims from the prior week.
|Unemployment claim type||Week ofJune 14-June 20||Week ofJune 7-June 13||Week ofMay 31-June 6|
|Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) initial claims||29,612||29,028||29,173|
|Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims||7,813||9,346||10,569|
|Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) initial claims||7,044||7,650||9,195|
|Continued/ongoing weekly claims||674,146||649,508||680,116|
Since the week ending March 7 when COVID-19 job losses began:
- A total of 2,154,353 initial claims have been filed during the pandemic (1,346,541 regular unemployment insurance, 433,009 PUA and 374,803 PEUC)
- A total of 1,119,821 distinct individuals have filed for unemployment benefits
- ESD has paid out over $6.5 billion in benefits
- 875,979 individuals who have filed an initial claim have been paid
“Although we did see a very slight increase in initial claims this week, we have held fairly steady the last three weeks at around 29,000 new unemployment claims,” said ESD Commissioner Suzi LeVine. “While this is a significant drop from our peak earlier in the crisis, we have leveled off at what are still record high numbers – exceeding what we saw in the peak of the recession. ESD is committed to helping eligible Washingtonians get unemployment benefits as quickly as possible and helping both workers and employers navigate the changing workforce landscape.”