State receives record number of unemployment applications
Employment Security Department has challenges with volume
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...