Washington sees decline in new, total weekly jobless claims

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state continues to see a decrease in both new weekly and total claims for unemployment benefits.The number of new claims for unemployment benefits in Washington last week — 18,389 — was down 16.2% from the previous week. More than 568,000 claims for benefits — with some of that number reflecting people who filed multiple claims — were filed for the week of Aug. 16-22, down 4.8% from the previous week. More than $182 million was paid for 357,077 individual claims last week, a decrease of $15.4 million and 5,760 fewer people from the prior week. To date, the state has paid nearly $10 billion in benefits.