State: More than $1.4 billion in unemployment benefits paid

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than $1.4 billion in unemployment benefits have been paid out in Washington since business closures and layoffs related to the coronavirus pandemic started mid-March. And state officials say they are preparing for up to 1 million claims to be filed by Sunday. More than 605,000 claims for unemployment benefits _ with some of that number reflecting people who filed multiple claims seeking retroactive payments _ were filed for the week of April 12-18, with 82,435 claims being filed for the first time in that time frame. Of the total amount paid out so far, $900 million has been paid out since last Saturday night.