New jobless claims in state, Spokane County decline for second week in a row

Jobless claims in the state dropped for the second week in a row as seasonal layoffs in construction resulted in fewer new benefit applications, according to the Washington state Employment Security Department.

Laid-off workers in the state filed 18,212 new jobless claims Jan. 10-16, a 29.2% decrease compared with the week prior, the department reported Thursday.

Laid-off workers in Spokane County filed 1,298 new unemployment claims the week ending Jan. 16, a 31% decrease compared with 1,880 claims filed the week before, according to the employment security department.

In the county, 572 new claims last week came from undisclosed professions, which have not been categorized into specific employment sectors.

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