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WASHINGTON STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY: INITIAL CLAIMS FALL IN MAY

 OLYMPIA, Wash., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of Washington workers filing initial claims for jobless benefits fell sharply to 35,373 in May, a decrease of 8,550 from the previous month, Employment Security Commissioner Vernon E. Stoner announced Wednesday.
 "The drop reflects a return to the normal pattern of initial claims for the month of May," said Stoner. "Except for the last two years when we were feeling the impacts of the national recession and the downturn in the timber industry, Washington typically tracks at the mid-30,000 range for initial claims in May. So far this year the economy appears to be holding steady."
 During May, 136,624 claimants received more than $83 million in state and federal unemployment insurance benefits. Meanwhile, the department helped some 7,356 job seekers find work. Last year in May, 120,978 beneficiaries were paid nearly $70 million.
 Initial claims for benefits by former military and federal civilian employees totaled 910 in May, a decrease of 258 from the previous month. The department paid out a total of $3,393,797 in benefits to 4,323 former federal employees during the month.
 Under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, 15,784 persons filed initial claims after exhausting their regular jobless benefits. This compares to 17,166 in April. A total of 42,273 EUC beneficiaries received $27,759,222 in May. Additionally, 353 dislocated timber-area workers received $296,209 in benefits as part of the state's Timber Retraining Benefits Program.
 Because the state's monthly unemployment rate lags four to six weeks, initial claims are often a timely measure of potential improvement or trouble in the labor market.
 WASHINGTON STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT
 Total Initial Claims By County 1993
 Emergency Unemployment
 Regular Benefits Compensation
 May April May April
 Adams 124 174 71 59
 Asotin 57 46 15 12
 Benton 691 848 204 233
 Chelan 957 1,215 341 421
 Clallam 492 748 201 239
 Clark 1,484 2,045 703 664
 Columbia 17 59 12 72
 Cowlitz 890 1,034 461 676
 Douglas 376 417 121 124
 Ferry 35 40 22 29
 Franklin 344 720 118 188
 Garfield 10 10 3 1
 Grant 477 585 267 259
 Grays Harbor 863 952 374 318
 Island 250 323 114 119
 Jefferson 111 144 54 60
 King 9,109 11,234 4,361 4,691
 Kitsap 1,052 1,280 425 423
 Kittitas 326 443 154 215
 Klickitat 173 208 100 84
 Lewis 517 723 242 300
 Lincoln 14 36 17 13
 Mason 259 349 132 146
 Okanogan 542 772 182 242
 Pacific 200 249 95 135
 Pend Oreille 68 113 45 52
 Pierce 3,840 4,550 2,051 2,040
 San Juan 47 41 16 33
 Skagit 871 1,015 366 396
 Skamania 87 79 49 43
 Snohomish 3,186 3,851 1,379 1,467
 Spokane 1,922 2,290 895 978
 Stevens 204 256 102 115
 Thruston 1,041 1,269 501 498
 Wahkiakum 26 41 9 9
 Walla Walla 207 233 57 128
 Whatcom 1,036 1,391 408 396
 Whitman 88 44 20 16
 -0- 6/24/93
 /CONTACT: Michael Wilson, 206-753-5216, or Bill Tarrow, 206-586-7396, both of Washington State Employment Security/


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