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Initial jobless claims fall slightly in last week of January

Unemployment claims were up in the final week of January, but initial claims were down in the latest numbers released by the Employment Security Department.… Continue reading

 

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Initial jobless claims fall again in late January

Initial unemployment claims in Washington and Kitsap County fell by 14 percent in the third week of January. In the week of Jan. 17-23, there… Continue reading

 

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Washington’s unemployment rate rose in December

After a few months of falling unemployment rates, the state’s numbers rose in December. New COVID-19 restrictions once again hit some of Washington’s industry sectors… Continue reading

 

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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… Continue reading

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Bleak jobs news: Many industry sectors see hike in unemployment

Initial unemployment claims continued to rise as the calendar flipped to 2021 as many industry sectors saw some growth in unemployment. During the week spanning… Continue reading

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Initial claims rise slightly heading into the new year

Week 51 and the final full week in December saw a slight rise in initial regular unemployment claims as numbers continue to fluctuate heading into… Continue reading

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State unemployment holds steady in November

The state’s unemployment rate held steady in November at 6 percent, according to the Employment Security Department. The economy added 100 jobs in November, according… Continue reading

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Jobless claims go back up

Initial unemployment claims rose back up as November transitioned to December with the Employment Security Department reporting a 10.1 percent increase from the prior week.… Continue reading

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Restrictions lead to unemployment spike in latest job numbers

Unsurprisingly, initial regular unemployment claims skyrocketed during the week of Nov. 15-21, the first week during which restrictions on businesses were reimplemented in Washington. There… Continue reading

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Unemployment fell in October, but new restrictions loom over state economy

It remains to be seen how November’s new restrictions on businesses will affect the state’s economy, but in October, the unemployment rate fell once again… Continue reading

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Seasonal layoffs drive slight increase in initial unemployment claims

Initial unemployment claims rose slightly statewide during the final week of October, driven primarily by upticks in claims in construction, manufacturing and agriculture due to… Continue reading

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Initial jobless claims continue to fall in Kitsap, state

Initial unemployment claims in Washington state and Kitsap County have hit a new COVID-19 pandemic low, though levels still remain elevated compared with 2019. In… Continue reading

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Initial unemployment claims fall after spike the previous week

Initial unemployment claims came back to Earth Oct. 11-17 after a spike the prior week. Kitsap County recorded 417 new initial claims, down from 585… Continue reading

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Unemployment fell in Kitsap County to 6.8 percent in September

Kitsap County had one of the lowest rates of unemployment in Western Washington at the end of September. At 6.8 percent, Kitsap was second only… Continue reading

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Initial jobless claims take huge drop

Initial unemployment claims continued to fall locally and statewide as the calendar flipped to October. Kitsap County recorded 369 new initial claims for the week… Continue reading

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Initial claims in Kitsap, state fall in final full week of September

Unemployment claims were down both locally and statewide during the final full week of September. During the week of Sept. 20-26, the most recent week… Continue reading

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Initial claims flat in Kitsap, state begins paying LWA benefits

Initial claims flat in Kitsap, state begins paying LWA benefits

Initial unemployment claims remained flat through the end of the week of Sept. 19. In Kitsap County, there were 512 initial claims, a number nearly… Continue reading

Initial claims flat in Kitsap, state begins paying LWA benefits
State economy gains jobs in August

State economy gains jobs in August

The Evergreen State’s economy had another positive month of job gains and industry expansion in August as the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate dipped yet again.… Continue reading

State economy gains jobs in August
Initial unemployment claims rise in Kitsap, Washington state
Initial unemployment claims rise in Kitsap, Washington state
Washington approved for Lost Wages Assistance program

Washington approved for Lost Wages Assistance program

Washington has been added to the list of states approved for a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Association under its Lost Wages Assistance program.… Continue reading

Washington approved for Lost Wages Assistance program