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NEW SOC code reporting required


In 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed a law requiring employers to report SOC codes in their quarterly reports for unemployment insurance.


What are SOC codes?

SOC stands for Standard Occupational Classification. It’s a federal coding system that helps government agencies and private businesses compare occupational data.

This data is used by:

  • Government program managers.
  • Industry and labor relations specialists.
  • Students considering career training.
  • Job seekers.
  • Vocational training schools.
  • Employers wishing to set salaries or locate a new business.


Register for a free webinar      (webinar slide deck)

Friday, May 27 

11 to 11:45 a.m.




Friday, June 3

11 to 11:45 a.m. 


Registration is full. 


Friday, June 10

11 to 11:45 a.m. 




When does SOC code reporting begin?


Optional reporting

If you use Employer Account Management Services for Single Filers – also known as new EAMS singles — you have the option to include SOC codes. Give it a try!



Required reporting

All employers will be required to report SOC codes starting with the fourth quarter 2022 tax report.



What happens if you don’t file SOC codes starting with your fourth quarter 2022 tax report?

You could get a penalty for incorrect or incomplete SOC code reporting. But don’t worry! We’re here to help you. If you have any questions about how to report SOC codes, just send us an email at socreporting@esd.wa.gov.


SOC code reporting dates


Starting Nov. 15, 2021:

  • All EAMS for Single Filers users can look up SOC codes.

Dec. 1, 2021, through third quarter 2022: 

  • Continue using EAMS for Single Filers to submit your quarterly reports. 
  • Use the new SOC code lookup tool to find the most accurate codes for each of your employees. 
    • Starting in late 2022, EAMS will remember the SOC codes you entered last quarter. 
    • You'll need to look up and enter SOC codes only for new employees or employees whose jobs have changed. 

Starting fourth quarter 2022:

  • All employers required to report SOC codes.
  • You could get a penalty if you don’t report SOC codes correctly or completely.


Questions about SOC code reporting? Contact socreporting@esd.wa.gov.