In Washington 212,962 filed for unemployment insurance last week

By: Kriss Sjoblom
11:32 am
May 14, 2020

This morning the state Employment Security Department (ESD) gave its weekly report on unemployment insurance claims.

ESD reported a total of 212,962 initial claims for unemployment insurance during the May 3–May 9 week. Of this total, 109,425 initial claims were under the regular unemployment insurance program; 55,911 claims were under the federal pandemic unemployment assistance program, which covers self-employed persons, independent contractors and part-time workers; and 47,626 claims were under the federal pandemic unemployment compensation program, which extends the maximum term of benefits from 26 weeks to 39 weeks.

The 109,425 new claims for regular unemployment insurance is an increase of 8,663 from the 100,762 claims filed during the preceding week. The four-week moving average of regular initial claims is 107,557, down 8,454 from 116,011 for the preceding week.

The 103,537 initial claims under the two pandemic programs is a decrease of 4,036 from the 99,501 filed during the preceding week.

We estimate that the seasonally adjusted 4-week average of regular initial claims was 122,170, down from 125,590 the preceding week.

ESD reports that continuing claims for unemployment insurance totaled 1,088,602 in the most recent week. This is an increase of 202,834 from the number reported for the preceding week.

The ESD press release is here.

Categories: Economy.
Tags: COVID-19 , COVID-19 & the economy