New jobless claims in state, Spokane County drop for fifth consecutive week

New jobless claims in the state continued to decline last week as fewer layoffs occurred in the accommodation and food services sector when compared to previous weeks, according to Washington State Employment Security Department.

Laid-off workers in the state filed 15,644 new jobless claims the week ending Feb. 6, a 2.8% decrease compared with the previous week, the department reported Thursday.

The drop in new claims marks the fifth consecutive week of declines.

Continued claims in all unemployment categories also dropped slightly last week, with 489,442 benefit applications filed in the week ending Feb. 6, a 1.5% decrease from a week prior.

Workers in the construction sector filed the

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