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Fewer people are receiving unemployment benefits


November 24, 2021

OLYMPIA — Continued unemployment claims decreased by 13,163 to a total of 50,848 at the end of October.

“This total is the lowest four-week moving average for regular continued claims since the start of the pandemic,” stated a spokesperson for Employment Security Department (ESD).

The decrease is likely due to the improving economy and declining jobless claims as COVID cases decrease.

Initial unemployment claims for the same four-week moving average show an increase of 412 to a total of 5,272.

The four-week moving average is designed to show trends over time. The data cover initia...

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