During the week of January 24-30, there were 16,102 initial regular unemployment claims (down 2.2 percent from the prior week) and 489,741 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (up 1.6 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 147 percent above last year’s weekly new claims applications.
- Initial claims for regular unemployment, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) all decreased over the week.
- Reductions in layoffs in accommodation and food services drove a decrease in new regular jobless claims last week. Regular initial claims in the accommodation and food services sector decreased by 219 claims over the week to 1,595 total regular initial claims.
- Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUEC) claims accounted for the increase in continued claims over the week. Pandemic Unemployment Compensation claims increased across all industry sectors over the week, with Accommodation and Food services (+5,944) and Construction (+2,518) sectors experiencing the largest increases.
In the week ending January 30, ESD paid out over $268 million for 314,546 individual claims. Since the crisis began in March, ESD has paid more than $14.3 billion in benefits to over a million Washingtonians.
|Unemployment claim type||Week ofJanuary 24- January 30||Week ofJanuary 17- January 23||Week ofJanuary 10- January 16|
|Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) initial claims||16,102||16,461||19,212|
|Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims||3,623||3,829||4,482|
|Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) initial claims||6,591||6,932||8,082|
|Continued/ongoing weekly claims||463,425||454,936||437,025|
Note: Detailed claims data and charts by county, industry and occupation will be included in this release on a monthly basis. You can find detailed claims data anytime on the ESD website.