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New jobless claims in state, county declined last week

New jobless claims in the state and Spokane County declined last week, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 18, 2020

Unemployment taxes in Washington likely will rise next year as trust fund depletes

With Employment Security Trust Fund running low because of COVID-19 layoffs, business taxes likely next year.


New jobless claims in Washington increased 10.1% last week

Laid-off workers in the state filed 20,006 new jobless claims last week, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 4, 2020

US Economy adds 1.4 million jobs in August

By some measures, the shrunken U.S. job market continued a solid recovery last month, with many employers recalling workers who had been temporarily laid off when the coronavirus erupted in …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 3, 2020

A new $300 federal jobless benefit? Not likely for some

The Trump administration rolled out a $300-a-week federal unemployment benefit after Congress failed to agree to extend a $600 payment.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 4, 2020

U.S. jobless claims fall to 881,000 but layoffs remain elevated

WASHINGTON — The number of laid-off Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to a still-elevated 881,000 last week, evidence that the viral pandemic keeps forcing many businesses to slash jobs.


Spokane County’s jobless rate increased to 11.4% in July

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increased to 11.4% in July, according to nonseasonally adjusted data from the Washington State Employment Security Department.


New jobless claims in the state, county declined last week

Laid-off workers in the state filed 21,942 new jobless claims Aug. 9-15, a 0.9% drop compared with 22,140 new claims filed a week prior, the Washington State Employment Security Department …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 21, 2020

Increase in jobless claims reflects still-struggling U.S. economy

The coronavirus recession struck swiftly and violently. Now, with the U.S. economy still in the grip of the outbreak five months later, the recovery looks fitful and uneven — and …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 13, 2020

Fewer Idaho residents file unemployment claims

The number of Idaho residents applying for unemployment dropped by 10 percent last week, officials said Thursday, but layoffs are continuing to run high due to the coronavirus pandemic.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 13, 2020

Initial jobless claims down last week in Washington, Spokane

The number of people filing for unemployment insurance for the first time was down 11% in Washington last week with initial claims in Spokane County down 20%, according to the …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 13, 2020

U.S. jobless claims fall below 1 million but remain high

The number of laid-off workers applying for unemployment aid fell below 1 million last week for the first time since the viral pandemic intensified five months ago, yet still remains …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 6, 2020

1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 13, 2020

New jobless claims in the state declined last week as $600 federal benefit expired

Laid-off workers in the state filed 28,840 new jobless claims for the week ending July 25, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department.


UPDATED: Thu., July 30, 2020

1.4 million seek jobless aid as virus surges in South, West

More than 1.4 million laid-off Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, further evidence of the devastation the coronavirus outbreak has unleashed on the U.S. economy.


UPDATED: Mon., July 27, 2020

As Congress fights, analysts warn economy needs help now

As Congress and the White House resume their efforts to agree on a new economic aid package, evidence is growing that the U.S. economy is faltering. And so is concern …


Poll: Nearly half say job lost to virus won’t return

Nearly half of Americans whose families experienced a layoff during the coronavirus pandemic now believe those jobs are lost forever, a new poll shows, a sign of increasing pessimism that …


UPDATED: Thu., July 23, 2020

New claims for jobless benefits drop for week but totals remain high

The number of Washington workers seeking unemployment checks dropped significantly last week after climbing sharply the week before, showing signs of volatility in an economy struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 13, 2020

Spokane County jobless rate drops to 9.9% in June

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.9% in June as the state eased stay-at-home restrictions, allowing some businesses to reopen and residents to gain work.


UPDATED: Thu., July 16, 2020

New jobless claims in Washington state remain at ‘unprecedented levels’

Laid-off workers in the state filed 40,466 new jobless claims last week as benefit applications remain at unprecedented levels, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department.


UPDATED: Thu., July 16, 2020

Number of laid-off workers seeking jobless aid stuck at 1.3M

WASHINGTON — The number of laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits remained stuck at 1.3 million last week, an historically high level that indicates many companies are still cutting jobs as …


UPDATED: Thu., July 16, 2020

Washington state employment grew as businesses reopened in June

Washington gained more than 71,000 jobs in June as businesses were able to reopen under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department.


UPDATED: Thu., July 9, 2020

Initial jobless claims in Washington down last week, but backlog remains

The number of new people filing for unemployment benefits was down 11% last week as the Employment Security Department continues to resolve about 35,000 backlogged claims.


UPDATED: Thu., July 9, 2020

Layoffs stuck at high level as 1.3 million seek jobless aid

More than 1.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a historically high pace that shows that many employers are still laying people off in the face of a …


UPDATED: Thu., June 25, 2020

Washington sees slight increase in new jobless claims as backlog is processed

The number of Washington workers filing initial unemployment benefits increased slightly last week as the state Employee Security Department continues to resolve about 71,000 backlogged claims caused by record request …


UPDATED: Wed., June 24, 2020

Spokane County unemployment dropped to 15.1% in May

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 15.1% in May, signaling that employees are beginning to return to work following coronavirus-related layoffs, according to data released Tuesday by the Washington State …


UPDATED: Thu., June 18, 2020

New jobless claims in Washington drop slightly but unpaid backlog remains

The number of Washington workers filing new claims for unemployment benefits continued to drop last week.


UPDATED: Thu., June 18, 2020

1.5 million more laid-off workers in U.S. seek unemployment benefits

About 1.5 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a historically high number, even as the economy increasingly reopens and employers bring some people back to work.


UPDATED: Tue., June 9, 2020

Trump admin opposes extending enhanced unemployment benefit

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration opposes a Democratic proposal to extend a $600 per week federal unemployment benefit approved in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia said …


UPDATED: Fri., June 5, 2020

Trump hails jobs report, but unemployment rate still high

President Donald Trump took a victory lap Friday morning after the government reported surprising job gains for last month, seizing on the data to predict that the worst of the …