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Navigate the various unemployment programs: benefits at a glance

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Due to the pandemic, several new unemployment benefit programs are available to unemployed workers. Everyone must first apply for regular unemployment insurance. Then, depending on your eligibility, you’ll start on 1 of 2 tracks:

  • If you’re eligible for regular unemployment insurance: track 1
  • If you’re not eligible for regular unemployment insurance: track 2

Track 1UI (Unemployment Insurance)

Regular unemployment | Worked at least 680 hours in your base year | At least some wages must have been earned in Washington

Track 2PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance)

Self-employed and part-time workers | People who are unemployed due to COVID-19 and are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits | Work impacted by COVID-19 must have been based in Washington

Track 1: UI

Unemployment Insurance (UI)

"Regular" unemployment insurance

  • 26 weeks maximum, or until you reach the end of your benefit year
  • Out of work due to no fault of your own
  • Laid off due to COVID-19
  • Apply for UI now through eServices

Learn more about applying for UI.

Used up UI?

Apply for PEUC

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

Federal extension program

  • Through Sept. 4, 2021
  • For people who have exhausted UI
  • Apply for PEUC now through eServices

Learn more about federal extension programs

Used up PEUC?

Apply for EB

Extended Benefits (EB) *Ending March 13, 2021*

Federal extension program available during periods of high state unemployment 

  • 13 weeks maximum
  • For people who have exhausted UI and PEUC
  • Stricter job search requirements (currently waived)
  • The last week EB will be payable is the week ending March 13, 2021

Learn more about federal extension programs.

Used up EB? You may be eligible for PUA.

Track 2: Not eligible for UI?

You may be eligible for PUA

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Federal expansion program

  • Through Sept. 4, 2021
  • Not currently eligible for UI, self-employed, or independent contractor
  • Must have a COVID-19 related reason

Check your PUA eligibility.

Supplementary unemployment benefit programs


Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (Dec. 27, 2020-Sept. 4, 2021) | Federal program providing additional $300 weekly benefit

Lost Wages Assistance (July 26-Sept. 5, 2020) | Federal program providing additional $300 weekly benefit

Pandemic Relief Payments (Dec. 27, 2020) | One-time payment of $550 to some Washington PUA claimants

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (March 29-July 25, 2020) | Federal program providing additional $600 weekly benefit