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Continued unemployment claims drop in Clark County

July 30, 2020, 6:48pm Business

Initial unemployment insurance claims rose by 5 percent in Clark County last week from 1,293 to 1,362 claims, and much of the small increase is tied to the education sector. Read story

Initial jobless claims in Clark County drop by 32 percent

July 23, 2020, 8:13pm Business

Initial unemployment insurance claims filed in Clark County dropped to 1,293 last week, a decrease of 32 percent from the previous week’s 1,911. Read story

Initial unemployment claims in Clark County up 35% last week

July 16, 2020, 7:39pm Business

Clark County saw a spike in initial unemployment claims last week, up 500 claims, or 35 percent, to 1,911 claims. Read story

Washington likely to seek loan to keep jobless fund solvent

June 29, 2020, 4:35pm Business

OLYMPIA — Washington state could make a request for a federal loan as soon as August or September to secure funds by the end of the year in order to keep its unemployment trust fund solvent as it continues to pay out benefits to those affected by the coronavirus shutdowns, Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine said Monday. Read story

Jobless claims in Clark County take ‘two steps forward, one step back’

June 25, 2020, 6:29pm Business

Although initial unemployment insurance claims rose by 10 percent last week in Clark County, the number of continued claims dropped by 7 percent. Roughly 121 new people applied for unemployment in Clark County last week, and 1,100 people returned to work after a spell with unemployment insurance. Read story

Initial unemployment claims continue to drop in Clark County

June 18, 2020, 7:13pm Business

Weekly initial unemployment insurance claims in Clark County dropped 15 percent last week from the previous week, the largest decrease of any county in the state. Read story

Clark County’s unemployment rate jumps to 13.8 percent

May 26, 2020, 1:19pm Business

Clark County lost about 24,300 jobs in April as the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic hit home, pushing the unemployment rate to 13.8 percent. Read story

Employment Security Department adding more agents amid unemployment surge

April 19, 2020, 6:05am Business

The Washington state Employment Security Department can handle 600 callers at any given time. But between March 8 and April 11 — when the state’s economy was bulldozed by the novel coronavirus outbreak — the office received new unemployment claims requests from nearly 640,000 people. Read story

Unemployment claims soar in Washington, Oregon

March 20, 2020, 5:46pm Business

State unemployment offices in Washington and Oregon have been instructed by the federal government to stop releasing daily claim totals before the U.S. Department of Labor can issue its regularly scheduled weekly report. Read story

Who’s hiring in Clark County in wake of COVID-19? Grocery stores

March 19, 2020, 6:05am Business

The ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 and the coronavirus that causes it has led to a sudden and dramatic spike in layoffs as restaurants and other small businesses have shuttered. But one industry has seen the opposite trend: grocery stores. Read story