During the week of September 13 through September 19, there were 19,574 initial regular unemployment claims (up 6.4 percent from the prior week) and 540,153 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 4.6 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 271 percent above last year’s weekly new claims applications.
- Initial claims applications for regular Unemployment Insurance increased over the week while continued claims for regular Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims all decreased over the week.
ESD paid out over $154.5 million for 337,390 individual claims – a decrease of $2.8 million and 2,963 less individuals compared to the prior week.
|Unemployment claim type||Week ofSeptember 13-September 19||Week ofSeptember 6-September 12||Week ofAugust 30-September 5|
|Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) initial claims||19,574||18,403||20,006|
|Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims||5,284||7,286||4,943|
|Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) initial claims||9,256||11,474||7,405|
|Continued/ongoing weekly claims||506,039||529,280||499,071|
For more information on current claimants and claims processing progress, please go to the benefits data dashboard on the ESD website.