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State receives record number of unemployment applications

Employment Security Department has challenges with volume

Series: Coronavirus | Story 56

Last updated 4/22/2020 at 4:43pm

With the launch of new benefits April 18, the Washington State Employment Security Department received more applications (including expanded, extended and traditional benefits) in a single day than the biggest week on record, which were 182,000 during the week ending March 28.

The 182,000 applications in a week were already seven times the peak week during the 2008-09 recession.

“The amazing news is that hundreds of thousands of our fellow Washingtonians have already applied and have or will receive much-needed relief right away. That said, we appreciate everyone's patience and understan...

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