During the week of October 25 – 31, there were 14,681 initial regular unemployment claims (up 3.4 percent from the prior week) and 465,563 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 2.1 percent from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD). Since the crisis began in March, ESD has paid more than $12.1 billion in benefits to over a million Washingtonians.
In the week ending October 31, ESD paid out over $143 million for 307,351 individual claims.
In the a release from ESD, it showed that locally this accounted for 202 claims between October 25-31, an increase from the prior week of 9 claims in Grays Harbor. Pacific County also saw a 9 claim increase week-over-week.
October 25-October 31
October 18-October 24
October 11-October 17
For more information on current claimants and claims processing progress, please go to the benefits data dashboard on the ESD website.
Note: Detailed claims data and charts by county, industry and occupation will be included in this release on the first Thursday of every month. You can find detailed claims data anytime on the ESD website
Below is a thirty-five week summary of statewide initial claims filed since the start of the COVID-19 crisis:
Weekly data breakdown
King County, the most populous county in the state, saw initial regular claims decrease from 3,552 to 3,382 during the week of October 25- October 31, down 5 percent from the week before.
Other counties with the largest number of initial claims during the week were:
Industry sectors experiencing the highest number of initial claims during October 25- October 31 were: