Paid Leave advisory committee change of date
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.
Workers affected by November floods might qualify for retroactive Disaster Unemployment Assistance
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.
Update on Changes to WA Cares
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.
December 2021 Monthly Employment Report
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.
Monthly initial and continuing unemployment insurance claims report for December 2021
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.
Monthly Employment Report for November 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.
Monthly initial and continuing unemployment insurance claims report for November 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.
Paid Leave qualifying period expanded for workers impacted by COVID-19
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.