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).
- Initial regular claims applications remain at elevated levels and are at 288 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 $182.8 million for 357,077 individual claims – a decrease of $15.4 million and 5,760 fewer individuals compared to the prior week.
CORRECTION: Since the week ending March 7, when the COVID-19 job losses began, ESD has paid out more than $9.89 billion in benefits. It was previously stated that ESD has paid out more than $10.1 billion in benefits, but that is the total since the start of 2020.
|Unemployment claim type||Week ofAugust 16-August 22||Week ofAugust 9-August 15||Week ofAugust 2-August 8|
|Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) initial claims||18,389||21,942||22,140|
|Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims||4,256||4,726||4,540|
|Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) initial claims||6,011||6,294||6,301|
|Continued/ongoing weekly claims||540,225||564,512*||579,503|
*Figure was revised upward from the previously reported figure of 556,669
For more information on current claimants and claims processing progress, please go to the benefits data dashboard on the ESD website.