Claims for WA unemployment increased almost 28% from previous week

The Washington state Employment Security Department says during the week of May 10th-16th, there were more than 138,700 initial regular unemployment claims (an increase of over 29,000 from the previous week) and over 1.6 million total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (Ian increase of just over 369,000 from the previous week) filed by Washingtonians.

The Employment Department believes some portion of the high numbers from the past week are due to an increase in fraudulent claims and is looking into how best to correct for that in future reporting cycles.

ESD paid out over $1 billion (an increase of almost $256 million from the previous week) for more than 565,700 individual claims ( an increase of 28,450 from the previous week).  (Employment Security Department)