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  • 2/24/2022

    The Paid Family and Medical Leave advisory committee will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, from 10 a.m.-noon. The meeting is open to the public by remote participation only. More information and participation details are available in the agenda.

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  • 2/7/2022

    Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been activated to help workers impacted by the floods in specific counties and tribal lands from Nov. 5 to Dec. 2, 2021. The federal declaration for the November storm events occurred on Jan. 5, 2022, and DUA benefits can be paid retroactively for weeks you were unemployed as a direct result of the disaster.

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  • 1/27/2022

    Gov. Jay Inslee has signed two bills, House Bill 1732 and House Bill 1733, which make changes to the WA Cares Fund, a first-of-its-kind program ensuring all Washingtonians have access to affordable long-term care when they need it.

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  • 1/19/2022

    Washington’s economy added 14,000 jobs in December. Between November and December, the preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent.

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  • 1/6/2022

    For the 4-week moving average ending Jan. 1, 2022, compared to the previous 4-week moving average:
    - Regular initial claims increased by 1,826 to a total of 7,490. As with the previous 4-week moving average, the increase is likely due to seasonal layoffs, primarily in the construction and agriculture industries.
    - Regular continued claims increased by 3,713 to a total of 49,848.

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  • 12/15/2021

    Washington’s economy added 12,800 jobs in November. Between October and November, the preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate fell 4.7 percent.

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  • 12/9/2021

    For the 4-week moving average ending Nov. 27, 2021, regular initial claims increased by 189 to a total of 5,461 while regular continued claims decreased by 5,686 to a total of 45,162.

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  • 11/30/2021

    New legislation took effect in August that expanded the qualifying period for people who worked fewer hours because of COVID-19. If they meet other eligibility requirements, they may be able to qualify for paid family or medical leave benefits under this new expansion.

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