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Shelton Tiny Homes Veteran Village Open House Held

[VIDEO] A virtual open house on the Shelton Veterans Village was held Wednesday night. Jaycie Osterberg, Executive Director of Quixote Communities, updated about a dozen people on the tiny homes community to be build on North 13th Street in Shelton. Six members of the Shelton City Council were among those to attend the online information session.

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Initial Unemployment Decreased, Continued Claims Increased 11/8 to 11/14

During the week of November 8- 14, there were 16,837 initial regular unemployment claims (down 33.2 percent from the prior week) and 434,114 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (up 1.2 percent from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

  • Initial regular claims applications remain at elevated levels and are at 123 percent above last year’s weekly new claims applications.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation initial claims decreased over the week.
  • Continued/ongoing claims for regular benefits increased 3.7 percent over the week.
  • The decrease in initial claims this week was expected. It is connected to a process required by law where some existing claimants must submit a new initial claim to ensure they are receiving benefits from the correct program. This process was a contributing factor to the increase in initial claims in last week’s release. You can learn more about that requirement on our website.

In the week ending November 14, ESD paid out over $128.2 million for 275,893 individual claims. Since the crisis began in March, ESD has paid more than $12.4 billion in benefits to over a million Washingtonians.

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Five New COVID-19 Cases in Mason County Wednesday

Mason County Public Health reported five new cases of COVID-19 in the County on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. The number of active COVID-19 cases in Mason County is now 67 with four people hospitalized. Mason County’s rate of new cases per 100,000 during the past two weeks (based on 64,980 population and 93 cases in the last 14 days) is now 143, down slightly from Tuesday’s rate of 145.

The November 18th, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (11/17/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of Five (5) additional Mason County residents that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to Six Hundred and Eighty-Eight (688) positive cases in Mason County.”

Unemployment Rate Falls, Payroll Employment Inches Forward

Washington’s economy added 1,000 jobs in October and the state’s preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for October decreased from 8.3 percent (adjusted) to 6.0 percent according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

MonthTotal Jobs (losses or gains)Unemployment rate2019 Unemployment Rate
March 2020–  27,9005.1 percent4.5 percent
April 2020– 259,500*16.3 percent*4.4 percent
May 2020– 44,900*15.1 percent4.4 percent
June 2020+ 53,100*10.0 percent*4.3 percent
July 2020+ 62,400 10.2 percent*4.2 percent
August 2020+ 50,100*  8.4 percent*4.2 percent
September 2020+ 23,800  8.3 percent*4.1 percent
October 2020+     1,000  6.0 percent4.0 percent
*Revised from previous preliminary estimates
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