New unemployment claims rose slightly in Washington state last week, even as most of the other states saw a decline in the number of people seeking unemployment benefits.
Washington filed 14,043 new or “preliminary” lawsuits last week, up 3.2 percent from the previous week, the State Employment Safety Board (ESD) said Thursday.
According to the ESD, the state was one of 12 people who rose in prerequisites last week. At the national level, new unemployment claims fell by 13.2% to 730,000, according to the US Department of Labor.
In the same week last year, the number of new lawsuits filed in Washington more than doubled.
Construction, agriculture, housing and food services were among the sectors that saw a sharp rise in demand last week.
The total number of weekly or ongoing lawsuits filed in Washington last week increased by 3.5% year-on-year to 442,742.
In December, Washington’s unemployment rate was 7.1%, which is the data for the last month. The January unemployment rate will be published on March 3. The US unemployment rate was 6.7% in December.
Last week, ESD paid benefits for 315,508 individual claims, up 1.1% from the previous week. Because individuals can have multiple lawsuits, the number of lawsuits is often slightly more than the number of individual claimants.
Until recently, ESD also reported the number of recipients receiving weekly benefits.
The report of the agency on Thursday is also missing. The number of plaintiffs who were not paid և expected the ESD to resolve any issue in their claim. The average time required to resolve the claim problem. և Medium-term plaintiffs usually expect to receive their first payment. This data has not been posted since December.
Agency officials said data on some claims were not available as new federal benefits changed how ESD calculates who receives benefits and how long it takes for some plaintiffs to pay.
The agency has extended several new benefits allowed under the latest federal incentive law, including an additional $ 300 a week that plaintiffs have been receiving since January. Those benefits expire in mid-March until Congress extends them.
As of March 2020, more than 1 million Washington residents have been paid more than $ 15 billion in unemployment benefits, about two-thirds of which comes from the federal government.