During the week of August 2 through August 8, there were 22,140 initial regular unemployment claims (down 11.4% from the prior week) and 571,410 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 13.0% from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).
- Initial regular claims applications remain at elevated levels and are at 307 percent above last year’s weekly new claims applications.
- Regular Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) initial claims as well as continuing claims all decreased over the previous week.
ESD paid out over $273.8 million for 391,025 individual claims – a decrease of $301.3 million and 53,583 less individuals compared to the prior week.
|Unemployment claim type||Week ofAugust 2-August 8||Week ofJuly 26-August 1||Week ofJuly 19-July 25|
|Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) initial claims||22,140||24,985||28,840|
|Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims||4,540||4,613||6,133|
|Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) initial claims||6,301||6,695||7,031|
|Continued/ongoing weekly claims||538,429||620,263||635,351|
Since the week ending March 7 when COVID-19 job losses began:
- A total of 2,338,445 initial claims have been filed during the pandemic (1,475,571 regular unemployment insurance, 461,251 PUA and 401,251 PEUC)
- A total of 1,295,080 distinct individuals have filed for unemployment benefits
- ESD has paid out over $9.5 billion in benefits
- 996,048 individuals who have filed an initial claim have been paid