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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

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… 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

A sign at the headquarters for Washington state's Employment Security Department Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Initial unemployment claims continue to drop in Clark County

A sign at the headquarters for Washington state's Employment Security Department Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia. (AP Photo/Ted S.

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

Source: Washington State Employment Security Department

Clark County’s unemployment rate jumps to 13.8 percent

Source: Washington State Employment Security Department

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