aAn initial claim is a claim filed by an unemployed individual after a separation from an employer.
bA person who has already filed an initial claim and who has experienced a week of unemployment then files a continued claim to claim benefits for
that week of unemployment.
Shaded areas indicate periods of economic downturn (2009Q1-2010Q1 and 2015Q2-2016Q4) and COVID-19 pandemic (March 2020 to present).
Source: Unemployment Insurance (UI) statistics. Research & Planning, WY DWS.
Prepared by C. McGrath, Research & Planning, WY DWS, 9/21/20.