Unemployment claims in Washington last week dropped below 13,000.

The state Employment Security Department reported a drop in weekly regular unemployment insurance filings. 

During the week of February 21 – 27, there were 12,958 initial regular unemployment claims (down 7.7 percent from the prior week) and 459,328 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 0.6 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 128 percent above last year’s weekly new claims applications.
  • Initial claims for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), initial claims for regular benefits and continued claims for regular benefits all decreased over the week.
  • Initial claims applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) increased slightly at 1.3 percent over the week.
  • Decreases in layoffs in Accommodation & Food Services and Construction led the overall decrease in regular initial claims last week. Regular initial claims in the Accommodation & Food Services sector decreased by 400 initial claims over the week to 1,052 total regular initial claims. Initial claims for regular benefits in the Construction sector decreased by 325 initial claims over the week to 2,441 initial claims.

The table below shows claims for recent weeks.

The pandemic continues to control the pace of the recovery.