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).
- Initial regular claims applications remain at elevated levels and are at 338 percent above last year’s weekly new claims applications.
- Regular Unemployment Insurance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) initial claims as well as continuing claims all decreased over the previous week while Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims increased by 4.0 percent.
ESD paid out over $198.6 million for 362,815 individual claims – a decrease of $74.4 million and 28,211 fewer individuals compared to the prior week.
|Unemployment claim type||Week ofAugust 9-August 15||Week ofAugust 2-August 8||Week ofJuly 26-August 1|
|Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) initial claims||21,942||22,140||24,985|
|Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims||4,726||4,540||4,613|
|Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) initial claims||6,294||6,301||6,695|
|Continued/ongoing weekly claims||556,669||579,503*||620,263|
*Figure was revised upward from the previously reported figure of 538,429
Since the week ending March 7 when COVID-19 job losses began:
- A total of 2,405,641 initial claims have been filed during the pandemic (1,519,550 regular unemployment insurance, 471,260 PUA and 414,831 PEUC)
- A total of 1,302,868 distinct individuals have filed for unemployment benefits
- ESD has paid out over $9.7 billion in benefits
- 1,005,211 individuals who have filed an initial claim have been paid – nearing a third of the state’s workforce
For more information on current claimants and claims processing progress, please go to the new benefits data dashboard on the ESD website.