Just 100 net jobs added in Washington last month; unemployment claims fell last week.

The monthly jobs report from the Employment Security Department for November finds just 100 jobs were added last month.

Washington’s economy added 100 jobs in November and the state’s preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for November remained the same as it was in October at 6.0 percent according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

The table from the report makes clear just how wild the employment swings have been during the pandemic.


Total Jobs (losses or gains)

Unemployment rate

2019 Unemployment Rate

March 2020

–  27,900

5.1 percent

4.5 percent

April 2020

– 259,500*

16.3 percent*

4.4 percent

May 2020

– 44,900*

15.1 percent

4.4 percent

June 2020

+ 53,100*

10.0 percent*

4.3 percent

July 2020

+ 62,400

 10.2 percent*

4.2 percent

August 2020

+ 50,100*

  8.4 percent*

4.2 percent

September 2020

+ 9,300

  8.3 percent*

4.1 percent

October 2020


  6.0 percent

4.0 percent

November 2020

+     100

   6.0 percent

4.0 percent

*Revised from previous preliminary estimates.

We also note that ESD reports a decrease in UI claims last week,  unlike the increase seen nationally

During the week of December 6 – December 12, there were 19,547 initial regular unemployment claims (down 20.5 percent from the prior week) and 491,261 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 0.3 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 168 percent above last year’s weekly new claims applications.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) initial claims and continued/ongoing claims for regular benefits all increased over the week.
  • Decreases in regular initial claims over the week occurred across most industry sectors with the largest decreases over the week occurring in the Accommodation and food services (-1,585) and Construction (-1,284) industry sectors.

More information in the report.