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April 7: Pandemic-era overpayment waiver update

Updated April 7, 2023


The Employment Security Department has implemented expanded rules for waiving overpayments from weeks claimed during the COVID-19 pandemic — between Feb. 2, 2020, to Sept. 4, 2021. We implemented these expanded rules under federal guidance. ESD cannot waive all overpayments. But we are looking for every opportunity to provide relief to those severely impacted by these overpayments.

Addressing overpayment waivers …


New phone number for Employment Security

Updated March 20, 2023


The main phone number for the Employment Security Department has changed to 360-890-3500.

Note: The Unemployment Claims Center number has not changed. Find Claims Center contact information.



Unemployment benefits are taxable

Updated Jan. 17, 2023


Every January, we send 1099-G forms to people who received benefits during the prior calendar year. You need this form to file your taxes.


Learn more about 1099-G forms

You should get yours by the end of January. You can also find the information in eServices or listen to it on our automated claims line.Learn more about the form and how to request copies at esd.wa.gov/1099.

 Tax information you need to know if you’re a …


Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program status 

Last updated March 3, 2023


The TAA program expired on June 30, 2022. Congress has not renewed the program. We will provide status updates on program renewal here.

Check out this list of certified TAA petitions in Washington state.


Can companies or individuals still file new TAA petitions?

Until further notice, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) will not issue any determinations and accept any new TAA petitions. Requests to …