Unemployment claims fall again, nationally and here in Washington

Fewer Americans and Washingtonians filed for unemployment benefits last week, continuing a weeks-long trend. 

Paul Roberts reports in The Seattle Times,

New unemployment claims in Washington dropped last week and remain well below their pre-pandemic levels, even as the state’s latest jobs report showed that hiring appears to be slowing.

Washingtonians filed 5,181 new, or “initial,” claims for jobless benefits last week, down 13.6% from the prior week, according to data posted Thursday by the state Employment Security Department. 

New claims in Washington fell even more sharply than for the nation as a whole: Overall U.S. claims fell by less than half a percent, to 268,000 last week, the fewest since the pandemic started last year, the Labor Department reported Thursday.  

We reported earlier on the jobs report referenced by Roberts. 

Here’s a link to the U.S. Department of Labor report.