More than 1 million Washingtonians have received almost $10 billion in benefits since the start of the pandemic

During the week of August 9 through August 15, there were 21,942 initial regular unemployment claims (down 0.9 percent from the prior week) and 589,631 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 3.7 percent from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

Initial regular claims applications remain at elevated levels and are at 338 percent above last year’s weekly new claims applications.Regular Unemployment Insurance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) initial claims as well as continuing claims all decreased over the previous week while Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims increased by 4.0 percent.

ESD paid out over $198.6 million for 362,815 individual claims – a decrease of $74.4 million and 28,211 fewer individuals compared to the prior week.(ESD)

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