During the week of March 14 – March 20, there were 11,398 initial regular unemployment claims (down 2.6 percent from the prior week) and 435,675 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 3.1 percent from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).
- Initial regular claims applications are now 91 percent below weekly new claims applications during the same period last year at the start of the pandemic.
- Initial claims remain elevated (as compared to the 4-week moving average of initial claims pre-pandemic of 6,071 initial claims) and remain at similar levels of initial claims filed during the Great Recession.
- Decreases in layoffs in Retail trade, Manufacturing and Construction led the overall decrease in regular initial claims last week.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims increased slightly over the week.
In the week ending March 20, ESD paid out over $249.6 million for 307,364 individual claims. Since the crisis began in March 2020, ESD has paid more than $16.0 billion in benefits to over a million Washingtonians.
|Unemployment claim type||Week of March 14-20||Week of March 7-13||Week of Feb. 28- March 6|
|Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) initial claims||11,398||11,699||11,760|
|Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims||3,383||3,041||2,354|
|Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) initial claims||3,873||4,230||3,700|
|Continued/ongoing weekly claims||417,021||430,868||435,659|