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Beaches server April Martinell brings a plate of bread to customers. Restaurants returned to limited indoor dining in February.

Clark County adds 700 jobs in March for 3rd straight month of gains

Beaches server April Martinell brings a plate of bread to customers. Restaurants returned to limited indoor dining in February.

April 20, 2021, 6:45pm Business

Clark County gained about 700 jobs in March on a seasonally adjusted scale. It was the third month in a row of gains for the local job market. Read story

Lawmakers push for $600M in cuts to unemployment taxes in Washington

April 2, 2021, 8:00am Business

Employers in some pandemic-ravaged Washington state industries could see up to $600 million in new tax relief under legislative measures that also aim to improve jobless claims processing and prevent unemployment fraud. Read story

The homepage of the Washington State Employment Security Department.

Clark County jobs numbers improve

The homepage of the Washington State Employment Security Department.

April 1, 2021, 6:03am Business

The job market in Clark County is slowly returning to normal. Read story

Heather Frey outside of her Seattle home on Dec. 15, 2020. Frey has been filing for pandemic unemployment assistance since March and, as of earlier this week, hadn’t received a single payment yet.

Washington unemployment problems persist, with some going unpaid for months

Heather Frey outside of her Seattle home on Dec. 15, 2020. Frey has been filing for pandemic unemployment assistance since March and, as of earlier this week, hadn’t received a single payment yet.

December 21, 2020, 6:00am Business

Heather Frey filed for unemployment in March, when the pandemic disrupted her business selling used books online. Read story

The Washington Employment Security Department has a page on its website dedicated to those who have lost hours or wages due to COVID-19.

Clark County claims for jobless benefits rise, fall based on type

The Washington Employment Security Department has a page on its website dedicated to those who have lost hours or wages due to COVID-19.

September 3, 2020, 6:26pm Business

Clark County saw a drop in the number of people filing unemployment claims last week, continuing a trend of gradual economic recovery, Read story

The home page of the Washington Employment Security Department (The Columbian files)

Continued unemployment claims drop in Clark County

The home page of the Washington Employment Security Department (The Columbian files)

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

The home page of the Washington Employment Security Department (The Columbian files)

Initial jobless claims in Clark County drop by 32 percent

The home page of the Washington Employment Security Department (The Columbian files)

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

The Washington Employment Security Department has a page on its website dedicated to those who have lost hours or wages due to COVID-19.

Initial unemployment claims in Clark County up 35% last week

The Washington Employment Security Department has a page on its website dedicated to those who have lost hours or wages due to COVID-19.

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,… Read story

(The Associated press files)

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

(The Associated press files)

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