We will notify you if your application has been approved and let you know how much money you will receive and what to do next. Sign up for direct deposit or a debit card to receive your weekly benefits faster and more securely.
Usually, people receiving unemployment benefits are required to look for work and document their search. However, job search requirements are currently optional until the Pandemic State of Emergency is lifted.
Many employers are still hiring, even now, so we encourage anyone who has lost work to continue searching. If you were approved for unemployment benefits within the past 12 months, but stopped claiming for a week or more for any reason, don't submit a new application.
Unemployment benefits provide you with temporary income when you lose your job through no fault of your own. The money partly replaces your lost earnings and helps you pay expenses while looking for new work.
The benefits, from taxes your former employer(s) paid, are not based on financial need. While you receive benefits, your job is to get back to work as quickly as possible.
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The state Employment Security Department (ESD) recommends workers take the following four steps to help ensure their unemployment benefits are filed correctly and start quickly: ESD recently posted a video that explains the process to be followed in order to apply for benefits.
Many issues people are having start with small errors made when filling out the form. On Dec. 27, 2020, federal law extended PUA benefits through the week ending March 13, 2021.
It also increased the number of weeks you can claim PUA benefits from 39 to 50. The Employment Security Department is working to deliver the newly extended federal benefits as well as Washington’s Pandemic Relief Payment (PRP) program.
We will update the COVID-19 information page with the newest info and sharing on social media. Customers should watch for information about next steps via email and their preferred method of communication, services or postal mail.
Download this checklist for information you need to apply for regular unemployment benefits. Watch the tutorial on this page to avoid common issues that could delay your benefits.
If you are denied regular benefits, you may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). If your application is approved, your weekly benefit amount will be based on your normal income, up to a maximum of $790.
The link to submit a weekly claim will be in services and will show up when we are ready for you to complete it. The job search requirement is currently optional, so if you answer “no,” it won't affect your benefits.
Weekly claims you submit before being approved will be processed together for an initial lump sum payment. You will receive payment via the method you choose: direct deposit (fastest) or debit card.
We must verify wage information to determine your correct benefits. However, to get you money as soon as possible, we will pay you the minimum amount you are eligible for after you are approved, and you submit your first weekly claim.
On Dec. 27, 2020, federal law extended Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits through the week ending March 13, 2021. If you’re a self-employed worker who’s lost income in this crisis, you may now qualify for unemployment benefits.
Watch the tutorial on this page to avoid common issues that could delay your benefits. The job search requirement is optional during this crisis, so you can answer “no.” It won't affect your benefits.
When your application for regular benefits has been denied, an alert will show up in your services account and email inbox. If you do not receive an alert about applying for PUA and you receive an alert for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PUC), you will need to complete the PUC application before you can apply for PUA.
You will need to upload documents such as your federal tax return or 1099 form as proof of income. If your application for PUA is approved, your weekly benefit amount will be based on your normal income, up to a maximum of $790.
If you find work and no longer need to collect unemployment benefits, simply stop filing weekly claims. We must verify wage information to determine your correct benefits.
However, to get you money as soon as possible, we will pay you the minimum amount you are eligible for after you're approved, and you submit your first weekly claim. We will review the information you submit as quickly as possible and calculate the total benefits you’re owed.
Some states such as Oregon, Montana, Texas and Idaho have a mandatory “Waiting Week”. You can receive your benefits via direct deposit, in some states by check, or you can be issued a debit card.
Many offer free services such as career counseling, training, job listings, and help with your resume. This is a way for your state to stay up-to-date on your current status and for you to document your search for employment.
You must file weekly claims in order to maintain eligibility. If you don't file on time, and with honest information, your claims could be denied.
If you've found a new job or other means of supporting yourself, cancelling is pretty simple. If you are newly employed, after your first week of full-time work, stop requesting payments.
Once you've returned to full time work, you're ineligible to receive unemployment benefits going forward. You should gather the necessary information, and get in contact with your state unemployment office to determine the best way to open a claim.
Some states require a one-week waiting period before receiving payments. Social Security Number Alien Registration Card if you aren't a U.S. Citizen Mailing Address Phone Number Names, contact info, and dates of employment for all employers for last two years.