WA Initial claims for unemployment benefits continue to decrease week to week

During the week of May 24-30, there were just over31,200 initial regular unemployment claims in Washington -down 36% from the prior week- and just under775,000 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories -a decrease of more than155,400 – filed by state residents.

According to the Employment Security Department, the continued decrease is due to a variety of reasons including fraud prevention measures and more people going back to work with the reopening of some industry sectors and regions over the past three weeks.

ESD paid out over $514.7 million for more than 400,300 individual claims.

Since the week ending March 7th when COVID-19 job losses began, more than 2 million initial claims have been filed during the pandemic. ESD has paid out over $4.9 billion in benefits.  (Washington Employment Security Department)