Washington reports more than 500K job losses in April

Washington’s economy lost 527,000 jobs in April and the state’s preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for April increased from 5.1 percent to 15.4 percent.

The state Employment Security Department also announced that March’s previously reported unemployment rate of 5.1 was confirmed. March’s preliminary estimated loss of 11,100 jobs was revised to a loss of 25,400 jobs.

Employment Security paid regular unemployment insurance benefits to 599,735 people in April, an increase of 414,277 over the previous month.

From March 2020 to April 2020, the number of people who were unemployed statewide increased from 198,600 to 610,700.

All thirteen industry sectors in Washington contracted in April. Private sector employment decreased by 498,500 and government employment decreased by 28,500. (Employment Security Department)