Initial claims for WA unemployment benefits continue to decrease from the previous week

During the week of June 7 through June 13, there were just over 29,000 initial regular unemployment claims in Washington (down 2.3% from the prior week) and 695,532 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (a decrease of more than 34,000) filed by Washingtonians, according to the state Employment Security Department.

ESD believes 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.

For the week, ESD paid out over $454.7 million for 399,879 individual claims.

Since the week ending March 7th when COVID-19 job losses began: A total of just over 2.1 million initial claims have been filed during the pandemic, and the department has paid out over $5.4 billion in benefits. (Washington Employment Security Department)