Facts and Figures Report – May 2020

The Facts and Figures Report is prepared monthly and posted after the county press release as a quick reference for employees, legislators, partners and others who may be interested.

What is included in the Facts and Figures?

  • Unemployment rates
  • Monthly job growth or loss
  • Data for unemployment claims and benefits
  • Long-term unemployed data
  • Average wage/minimum wage
  • Unemployment taxes/trust fund
  • WorkSource services
  • ESD employee data
  • Toll-free numbers to resources for UI claimants, employers, job seekers and more

Unemployment rates 4/2020)

1Statewide: 4/2020: 15.4%
1Statewide: 4/2019: 4.4%
2Highest county rate: 4/2020: 20.2% (Snohomish)
2Lowest county rate: 4/2020: 6.6% (Whitman)
1 = seasonally adjusted; 
2 = not seasonally adjusted

Jobs (growth/loss 4/2020)

Month/month:  -527,100 (preliminary)
Year/year: -485,800 or -14.6%
Since recession start (12/07): -45,700 or -1.5%

Declining industries:
Leisure and hospitality: -177,700
Construction: -81,000
Education and health services: -66,700
Retail trade: -45,600

Total jobs (labor force): 3,957,300
Total covered employment: 3,346,600
Job losses during recession (12/07-6/09): -150,400
Job gains since recovery (6/09): 104,100
Unemployed, seeking work: 610,721
www.esd.wa.gov/labormarketinfo

Unemployment claims (4/2020)

Claimants, (regular benefits), 4/2020: 295,594
CY14 = 249,160; CY15 = 221,326; CY16 = 210,554;
CY17 = 224,823; CY18 = 187,603; CY19 = 196,545

Continued regular claims: +949% since 4/2019

Regular Benefits paid, 4/2020: $433.4M
CY14 = $1.1B; CY15 = $1.0B; CY16 = $1.0B;
CY17 = $1.03B; CY18 = $995.4M; CY19 = $1.06B

Average weekly benefit, 4/2020: $447
CY14 = $398; CY15 = $418; CY16 = $473;
CY17 = $484; CY18 = $467; CY19 = $478

Highest/lowest weekly benefit: $790 / $188

Long-term unemployed (LTU)

Definition: unemployed more than 26 weeks
LTU job seekers in Washington, 
5/2019-4/2020: 33,900
LTU = of all unemployed job seekers: 16.8%
LTU = of total labor force (3.9M): 0.9%
Male: 65%
Female: 35%

Average wage/minimum wage in Washington

Average yearly wage, 2018: $65,301 (+5.5% from 2017)
Average weekly wage, 2018: $1,255
Minimum wage, 2019: $12.00

Unemployment taxes/trust fund

Taxes collected, Q4-2019: $234.6M
CY13 = $1.37B; CY14 = $1.52B; CY15 = $1.33B;
CY16 = $1.18B; CY17 = $1.12B; CY18= $1.09B

Low/high tax rates, 2019: 0.13-5.72%, Avg. = 1.24%
($61-$2,706 per worker earning = / > $47,300/year)

Taxable wage base: 2020: $52,700; 2019: $49,800

Trust fund balance, 4/30/2020: $3.9B

WorkSource services (as of 4/30/2020)

Total jobs listed on WorkSourceWA.com: 925,443*
Total employers with job postings: 14,672*
Total employers with WorkSourceWA.com accounts: 20,928*
Total job seekers with WorkSourceWA.com accounts: 586,392*
WorkSource customers who found jobs: 114,972**

*Since WorkSourceWA.com go-live May 2016
**Rolling four quarters (CY2018 Q3 through CY2019 Q2)

ESD employees (as of 4/30/2020)

Number of employees: 1,940 (1,713 perm)
Employee ages <25 = 1.4%; 25-39 = 24.1%; 
40-54 = 38.3%; 55+ = 36.2%
Employees of color: 28.09%

Toll-free numbers                                                          

For UI claimants

  • “Regular” claims: 800-318-6022
  • Training benefits: 877-600-7701
  • General unemployment questions: 833-572-8400
  • Debt collection unit (overpayments):
    866-697-4831
  • Trade Act: 888-317-0480
  • Assistance with eServices sign-in: 855-682-0785

For employers

  • UI benefits questions: 877-504-5607
  • Web tax filing help and employer tax
    questions: 855-829-9243 (855-TAX-WAGE)
  • SharedWork help line: 800-752-2500
  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit: 800-669-9271

Other

  • Veterans (Dept. of Veterans Affairs): 800-562-2308
  • WorkSourceWA.com sign-in assistance:
    888-316-5627
  • Washington Service Corps: 888-713-6080
  • Labor market information: 360-890-3735
  • Benefit and tax fraud: 800-246-9763
  • Federal bonding program: 800-669-9271
  • Paid Family and Medical Leave: 833-717-2273

Facts and Figures for 2020 are available in PDF format as a one-page fact sheet or a front to back, two-to-a-page file to print and cut for 4.25 x 11 cards that are useful for workshops, presentations and other events. The file to print cards is only available for the current monthly issue.

If you have any questions, requests or want to see data from 2018/2019, please contact LMEA at lmea@esd.wa.gov.

Note: Year-to-date information is no longer available for payment amounts/claim totals and average weeks on regular benefits.