Potential new claim

(en español)

Updated June 14, 2021


Important action required for some past and current claimants

Starting June 11, and on most Fridays afterward, ESD is running a scan within the unemployment benefits system (UTAB) to ensure claimants are or were receiving benefits from the correct program. We’re required to do this by federal law, even if claimants have stopped filing weekly claims.


Many current and former claimants will be required to answer additional …


Safety first! Verify your email to make your account more secure.

(en español)

Updated June 16, 2021


Coming soon, Washington's Employment Security Department (ESD) will turn on two-step verification for eServices. Please check that we have your active email address where you can receive an eServices sign-in code. Find out more about why this is important.




Primero, ¡la seguridad! Verifique su correo electrónico para que su cuenta sea más segura.

Actualizado el 1 …


Job search requirement is now back in effect

(en español)

Updated July 9, 2021


With the economy recovering, the job search requirement has now gone back into effect. This means in order to remain eligible for unemployment benefits, you are required to look for work and keep track of:

At least three approved job search activities each week if you are receiving regular unemployment insurance benefits or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). 

At least one approved …


(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 …


(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 …


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 …


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 …