Federal programs ended

The CARES Act and other federal programs that expanded and extended unemployment benefits expired the week ending Sept. 4, 2021. Visit the COVID-19 page to learn more

Federal employees

COVID-19 (coronavirus) update: Emergency rules have been adopted for workers and employers affected by COVID-19. If you are temporarily laid off due to COVID-19, please take a look at this page for the most recent information.

You may be eligible for unemployment benefits in Washington state if:

  • If you were a federal employee in the past 18 months, and
  • Your official duty station of your last federal employer was in Washington, or
  • You are a current Washington resident and you,
    • Are a U.S. citizen and your official duty station was outside the U.S., or
    • Have worked in Washington after your last federal employer.

You should have received the following forms from your federal civilian employer:

Required information that you need to provide from SF8 or SF50:

  • The name of the federal civilian employer or agency (from SF8 or box 46 on SF50)
  • The 3-digit federal agency code for your employer (from SF8 or box 47 on SF50)
  • The state or country of your last official duty station (box 39 on SF50)
  • Your position title (box 7 on SF50)

Additional required information:

  • Your start and end dates with the federal employer
  • Your hourly pay rate and gross monthly pay for this employer