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 continue to be suspended

(en español)

Updated Jan. 19, 2021

The Washington State House of Representatives and Senate voted to continue the suspension of job search requirements until the Pandemic State of Emergency is withdrawn by the Governor or legislative action, whichever is first. This means you can continue to answer “no” to the job search question on your weekly claim until the suspension is lifted.  

Looking for your next opportunity? 

Despite the …

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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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ALERT:

Extended Benefits set to end

(en español)

Updated March 9, 2021

Due to the lower unemployment rate in Washington state, the U.S. Department of Labor has notified us that our state’s Extended Benefits program is ending March 13, 2021. If you are receiving Extended Benefits, you can be paid through the week ending March 13, 2021.

Are more benefits available?

The U.S. Congress is currently working on a stimulus bill to extend unemployment benefits. If this bill passes, you can be …

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