New jobless claims in Spokane County declined for the fourth consecutive week, according to the Washington state Employment Security Department.
Laid-off workers in the county filed 406 new claims the week ending June 12, compared with 607 claims filed the week before, a drop of roughly 33%, the department reported Thursday.
New unemployment claims in the state dropped to 6,892 in the week ending June 12, a 22.3% decrease in applications compared with 8,868 from the week before, according to the ESD.
Continued claims in all unemployment categories decreased 0.7% with 383,776 applications filed last week.
Decreases in layoffs in the retail trade, manufacturing, and administrative and support services sectors contributed to the drop in new state claims last week.
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