News release year:


  • 1/24/2019

    OLYMPIA - Governor Jay Inslee and Commissioner Suzi LeVine today announced an emergency rule allowing federal workers working without pay to receive unemployment benefits.

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  • 1/16/2019

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s economy added 11,400 jobs in December and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for December was 4.3 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The December unemployment rate was unchanged from the revised November 2018 unemployment rate of 4.3 percent. The December figures are preliminary and are subject to revisions.

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  • 1/16/2019

    OLYMPIA – If you feel a need to kneel in the weeds, the Washington Service Corps knows about plenty of opportunities to play in the greenery this month to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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  • 1/8/2019

    OLYMPIA – Federal workers furloughed due to the partial government shutdown may apply for unemployment benefits to help them meet their financial obligations while they wait to return to their jobs.

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  • 12/20/2018

    OLYMPIA - Toby Olson, Executive Secretary of Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Dec. 16.

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  • 12/19/2018

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s economy added 5,100 jobs in November and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for November was 4.3 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The November unemployment rate was unchanged from the revised October 2018 unemployment rate of 4.3 percent. The November figures are preliminary and are subject to revisions.

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  • 11/30/2018

    Premium collection for Washington’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave program is set to begin on Jan. 1, 2019.
    Passed with bipartisan support in the state Legislature in 2017, Paid Family and Medical Leave will provide every eligible employee in Washington paid time to care for themselves or a loved one through serious illness or injury, to bond with a child coming into the family, and for certain military related events. Eligible individuals may file benefit claims starting Jan. 1, 2020.

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  • 11/14/2018

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s economy added 12,400 jobs in October and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for October was 4.3 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The October unemployment rate decreased slightly from the September 2018 unemployment rate of 4.4 percent, which establishes a new historical low point for the state. The figures released are preliminary and are subject to revisions.

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