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Job search requirements go back into effect in early July

(en español)

Updated June 9, 2021

 

What’s happening?

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the governor, with support from the Legislature, suspended the job search requirement at the start of the pandemic. The suspension has been extended ever since.

With the economy recovering, the job search requirement is going back into effect. This means you will be required to look for work and document at least three approved job …

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(en español)

Unemployment waiting week waiver going back into effect

Updated May 7, 2021

What’s happening

On May 7, 2021, a new rule is going into effect to waive the unpaid waiting week. New unemployment applicants will now be paid for the first week they are eligible for unemployment benefits. Anyone who was not paid for their waiting week for weeks ending Jan. 9, 2021 or later will be reimbursed retroactively after May 7, 2021.

What’s next

In the next week, anyone whose …

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(en español)

Message for PUA claimants who requested backdated weeks

Updated May 5, 2021

Notices in eServices will be sent to some Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) customers over the next two days, regarding requests made to backdate the start of the claim.

If you have requested to backdate weeks of your PUA claim, keep an eye on your eServices notices and follow all instructions you receive from us.

Don’t worry if you do not receive a notice and have requested backdated …

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ALERT:

State Auditor's Office announces cyber security breach

(en español)

Updated April 2, 2021

The Employment Security Department (ESD) was notified of a breach of the security of the system of Accellion, a third-party provider used by the Washington State Auditor’s Office (SAO) for hosted file transfer services. Accellion is not a vendor of ESD and we are in no way responsible for the breach. ESD’s system was not breached and it remains secure.

What happened?

SAO was conducting …

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ALERT:

Job search requirements go back into effect in early July

(en español)

Updated June 9, 2021

 

What’s happening?

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the governor, with support from the Legislature, suspended the job search requirement at the start of the pandemic. The suspension has been extended ever since.

With the economy recovering, the job search requirement is going back into effect. This means you will be required to look for work and document at least three approved job …

Read More...

ALERT:

Update on new federal stimulus

(en español)

Updated March 11, 2021

Benefit programs extended

The federal stimulus bill that extends CARES Act unemployment benefits was signed into law. 

The legislation:

Extends Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Employment Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) until Sept. 4, 2021.

Continues the additional $300 per week for all eligible claimants until Sept. 4, 2021. By federal law, all claimants will get this benefit, except those …

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