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WASHINGTON STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY: INITIAL CLAIMS JUMP IN JULY

 OLYMPIA, Wash., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Initial claims for jobless benefits by Washington workers rose to 45,990 in July, up 7,733 from the previous month, Employment Security Commissioner Vernon E. Stoner announced today.
 "Initial claims typically rise in July as unemployed workers delay filing to take advantage of the annual increase in the maximum weekly benefit amount," said Stoner. "Workers who waited to file their claims until the week of July 4 were eligible to receive up to $340 per week, an increase of nearly $70. Last year initial claims stood at 53,246."
 During July, 133,745 claimants received more than $82 million in state and federal unemployment insurance benefits. Meanwhile, the department helped some 6,741 job seekers find work. Last year in July, 119,575 beneficiaries were paid more than $72 million.
 Initial claims for benefits by former military and federal civilian employees totaled 1,147 in July, an increase of 231 from the previous month. The department paid out a total of $3,060,527 in benefits to 3,776 former federal employees during the month.
 Under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, 18,131 persons filed initial claims after exhausting their regular jobless benefits. This compares to 18,785 in June. A total of 46,094 EUC beneficiaries received $30,530,919 in July. Additionally, 454 dislocated timber area workers received $398,909 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.
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 /CONTRACT: Michael Wilson, 206-753-5216, or Bill Tarrow, 206-586-7396, both of Washington State Employment Security Department/


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