Initial unemployment claims remained flat through the end of the week of Sept. 19.
In Kitsap County, there were 512 initial claims, a number nearly level with last week’s total of 514.
The state as a whole had slightly worse fortunes, as a total of 19,574 initial claims were filed in Washington, which is up 6.4 percent from the prior week.
Numbers were mixed in the state’s five largest counties. Clark County saw a 31 percent spike in initial claims, while Pierce County and Spokane County were up 6 and 9 percent respectively. King County saw a small 1 percent decline.
However, claims for all unemployment benefit categories were down 4.6 percent. The Employment Security Department paid out $154.5 million for 337,390 individual claims in the week ending Sept. 19, which is a decrease of $2.8 million. Though far below the peak of the pandemic, initial claim application levels are