Initial regular claims edged up as total claims for all benefits declined the week of September 19 – The Suburban Times


A press release from the Washington State Department of Job Security.

During the week of September 19 to 25, there were 4,914 initial regular jobless claims, up 1.3% from the previous week. The total number of claims filed by Washingtonians for all categories of unemployment benefits stood at 97,068, down 14.6% from the previous week.

  • Initial regular claims requests are 72% lower than new weekly claims requests for the same period last year during the pandemic.
  • The 4-week moving average for the initial regular claims was 4,957, a decrease of 40 from the 4-week moving average of the previous week. At the same time in 2019, it was 5,234.
  • Increased layoffs in retail trade and accommodation and food services contributed to an increase of 64 regular initial claims from the previous week.
  • Although federal benefit programs, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Compensation (PEUC), as well as the additional $ 300 per week for most claimants , have expired the week ending September 4, 2021, benefits will continue to be paid after September. .4 2021 for persons whose claims are pending arbitration or appeal if they are deemed eligible for payment. Learn more at

In the week ending September 25, the Department of Job Security (ESD) paid more than $ 40 million for 42,024 individual claims. Since the crisis began in March 2020, ESD has paid more than $ 21.3 billion in benefits to more than 1.2 million Washingtonians.

NOTE: After October 7, ESD will no longer send out a weekly press release on unemployment data. The information will be available on our website and shared in a news release on a monthly basis.

Type of unemployment claim 19-25 Sep 12-18 Sep 5-11 Sep
Regular Initial Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claims 4,914 4 850 4 860
Initial requests for assistance in the event of an unemployment pandemic (PUA) 840 1,122 1 223
Initial Pandemic Unemployment Emergency Compensation Claims (PEUC) 378 524 557
Ongoing or ongoing weekly complaints 90 936 106,452 238,705
Total claims 97,068 112,948 245,345

To note: You can find detailed claims data at any time on the ESD website.


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