Initial jobless claims fall 8.4%

Initial unemployment claims fell during the first full week of January, but unemployment claims as a whole remain high as a spike in December has carried over to the new year.

There were a total of 27,147 initial regular unemployment claims the week of Jan. 3-9, down 8.4 percent from the previous week. There were 515,561 claims for all unemployment categories, down 7.5 percent from the prior week, according to the Employment Security Department.

In Kitsap County, there werer 764 initial unemployment claims, up from the 721 the previous week. The state’s largest counties — King, Snohomish, Spokane, Clark and Pierce — all recorded declines. Overall, initial claims statewide are still 203 percent above the same week in 2019.

There were decreases in the seasonal layoffs that had driven large unemployment increases in the construction and agriculture industries; most of the industries with the highest unemployment saw at least a small decline last week. The construction industry saw about a 35 percent decrease in initial claims, though it still had the highest number of claims of all industry sectors in the state.

The industy sectors with the highest number of initial claims were construction (3,199 claims, down 1,742); accommodation and food services (2,701 claims, down 395); retail trade (2,256 claims, up 26); health care and social assistance (1,891 claims, down 317); administrative and support and waste management and remediation services (1,632 claims, down 315); and manufacturing (1,544 claims, down 547).

The ESD paid over $146.8 million for 310,021 claims in Washington in the week ending Jan. 9. Since the pandemic began in March, over $13.5 billion in benefits has been paid out to over one million Washington residents.

More in News

BISD prepares for return of high schoolers next week

With high schoolers returning to in-person learning next week, Thursday’s Bainbridge school… Continue reading

House supports Juneteenth as state holiday

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service Rep. Kirsten Harris-Talley, D-Seattle, often sees… Continue reading

12 new cases of COVID confirmed in Kitsap

Kitsap is now under a “high level” of coronavirus activity, per state guidelines

This 30" by 24" sign will be placed at Agate Pass and Waypoint Park. Courtesy photo
BI appoints REAC member, OKs Race Equity Welcoming Signs

The Bainbridge City Council appointed Deanna Martinez to the Race Equity Advisory… Continue reading

David Kotz shows the natural beauty of a tree that was cut down.
From cutting trees to making furniture – Kotz does it all

In this era of specialization, David Kotz is a rarity - he… Continue reading

Historical Museum taking “cautious approach” to reopening

BIHM is open Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 10 visitor capacity

Tribute Baskets by Christine Clark located at Waypoint Park since 2016. Courtesy photos
More money for public art

The Public Art Committee asked for additional funding at the Bainbridge Island… Continue reading

A discussion on memory loss will take place on Zoom March 5. Courtesy photo

$63,650 raised Bainbridge Island customers who purchased $10 bags donated a record… Continue reading

Most Read