In Washington 5,205 filed initial claims for regular unemployment insurance last week

By: Kriss Sjoblom
12:31 pm
September 9, 2021

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

ESD reported a total of 8,125 initial claims for unemployment insurance during the week ending September 4. Of this total, 5,205 initial claims were filed under the regular state unemployment insurance program; 1,417 claims were under the federal pandemic unemployment assistance program (, which covers self-employed persons, independent contractors and part-time workers; and 1,503 claims were filed under the federal pandemic unemployment compensation program, which adds 13 weeks to the maximum term of benefits.

The number of new claims for regular unemployment insurance is an increase of 132 from the number of claims filed during the preceding week.

The four-week moving average of regular initial claims is 5,291, down 54 from the preceding week. I estimate that the seasonally adjusted 4-week average of regular initial claims was 6,832, down from 6,856 the preceding week.

The number of initial claims under the two federal pandemic programs is an increase of 800 from the number filed during the preceding week.

ESD reports that continuing claims for unemployment insurance totaled 250,510 in the most recent week, which is 15,142 less than the number reported last week. This chart shows continuing claims filed by week, with claims under the federal PUA and PEUC programs shown separately from those under the regular state program. For the week, regular state continuing claims fell by 435, while federal continuing claims fell by 14,707.

Last week is the final week for which individuals may claim benefits under the expiring federal pandemic unemployment insurance programs. As claims for unemployment in particular week are filed in a subsequent week, the expiration of federal programs had no direct effect on the number of claims ESD reported today. Continuing claims are on course to fall precipitously beginning with next week’s report. Two weeks ago, ESD analysts estimated that about 120,000 individuals would be affected by the expiration of the federal programs. The department expects to have a better estimate at the end of next week.

ESD’s weekly UI claims press release is posted here.

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