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Kriss Sjoblom

June 11 , 2021 - Kriss Sjoblom

In Washington 8,868 filed initial claims for regular unemployment insurance last week

Yesterday morning the state Employment Security Department (ESD) gave its weekly report on unemployment insurance claims. ESD reported a total of 12,211 initial claims for unemployment insurance during the week ending June 5. Of this total, 8,868 initial claims were filed under the regular state unemployment insurance program; 1,403 claims were under the federal pandemic […]


June 03 , 2021 - Kriss Sjoblom

In Washington 10,085 filed initial claims for regular unemployment insurance last week

This morning the state Employment Security Department (ESD) gave its weekly report on unemployment insurance claims. ESD reported a total of 13,879 initial claims for unemployment insurance during the week ending May 29. Of this total, 10,085 initial claims were filed under the regular state unemployment insurance program; 1,647 claims were under the federal pandemic […]


May 31 , 2021 - Kriss Sjoblom

Update on personal income, consumer spending and saving rates during the COVID-19 recession

Here are updates of two charts I have posted monthly regarding income and consumer spending during the COVID-19 recession, including new numbers for April and revisions to numbers for prior months. Personal Income dropped by 13.1% from March to April. March personal income was boosted by the $1.9 trillion federal relief package that was enacted […]


May 27 , 2021 - Kriss Sjoblom

In Washington 11,666 filed initial claims for regular unemployment insurance last week

This morning the state Employment Security Department (ESD) gave its weekly report on unemployment insurance claims. ESD reported a total of 15,937 initial claims for unemployment insurance during the week ending May 22. Of this total, 11,666 initial claims were filed under the regular state unemployment insurance program; 1,778 claims were under the federal pandemic […]


May 20 , 2021 - Kriss Sjoblom

Fraudsters boost UI claims

This morning the state Employment Security Department (ESD) reported that initial claims for the regular state unemployment program were up 18.2 percent over the previous week. This increase is due, at least in part, to an increase in the number of fraudulent claims: We have … seen a recent increase in fraudulent claim applications, which […]


May 19 , 2021 - Kriss Sjoblom

State tax collections again exceed forecast

Monday’s monthly report from the state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) on general fund revenue collections once again showed revenues significantly above forecast. For the sales tax, the use tax, the business and occupation tax, the public utility tax, the tobacco products tax, and penalties and interest (collectively the Revenue Act receipts), this report […]


May 13 , 2021 - Kriss Sjoblom

In Washington 16,605 filed initial claims for regular unemployment insurance last week

This morning the state Employment Security Department (ESD) gave its weekly report on unemployment insurance claims. ESD reported a total of 26,693 initial claims for unemployment insurance during the week ending May 8. Of this total, 16,605 initial claims were filed under the regular state unemployment insurance program; 2,485 claims were under the federal pandemic […]


May 06 , 2021 - Kriss Sjoblom

In Washington 10,507 filed initial claims for regular unemployment insurance last week

This morning the state Employment Security Department (ESD) gave its weekly report on unemployment insurance claims. ESD reported a total of 14,624 initial claims for unemployment insurance during the week ending May 1. Of this total, 10,507 initial claims were filed under the regular state unemployment insurance program; 1,855 claims were under the federal pandemic […]


May 03 , 2021 - Kriss Sjoblom

Capital gains bill passed

When I last wrote about the capital gains tax, the House Finance Committee had just passed an amended version of the Senate-passed bill. On April 21, the House passed the Finance Committee version. On April 22, the Senate declined to concur with the House’s amendments. A conference committee was then named, and that committee crafted […]


April 30 , 2021 - Kriss Sjoblom

Update on personal income, consumer spending and saving rates during the COVID-19 recession

Here are updates of two charts I have posted monthly regarding income and consumer spending during the COVID-19 recession, including new numbers for March and revisions to numbers for prior months. As a result of the $1.9 trillion federal relief package enacted in March, personal income rose 21.1% from February to March. Consumer spending increased […]