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.
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.
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.
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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.
If you absolutely must call the claims center about another issue, we encourage you to try throughout the day, and not just at 8 a.m. when we open. 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. You will be asked to upload documents such as your federal tax return as proof of income, which could increase your weekly benefit amount above the minimum of $235.
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. We will review the information you submit as quickly as possible and calculate the total benefits you’re owed.
But they may need to wait some time as states struggle to implement this new law during the surge in overall claims. You must meet your state’s criteria for wages earned or time worked during an established period, known as a “base period,” which is usually the first four out of the last five completed calendar quarters before the time that your claim is filed, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
But Texas prohibits people from qualifying for unemployment benefits while receiving most types of severance pay, such as dismissal/separation income paid on termination of employment in addition to an employee’s usual earnings from the employer at termination. Check with the office to determine the preferred method of registering yourself in the system, be it online or by phone.
Keep in mind that registering your claim for unemployment benefits takes time to process, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, so budget your pocketbook accordingly before your first check appears. According to CareerOneStop, it usually takes two to three weeks after filing your claim to receive your first benefit check, but that estimate was from before the pandemic’s impact.
In that case, you will file your first unemployment claim (in which you list the jobs you applied to that week), but you won’t receive a payment. Many states, including California, Hawaii and New York, have waived their waiting period as a result of the recent pandemic.
And, under the new $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the relief package that provides financial assistance to families and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government will provide temporary full funding for the first week of unemployment (see slide 5). The U.S. Labor Department's CareerOneStop site provides links to each state’s relevant agency to speed your path to filing claims.
Two parts of the federal coronavirus rescue package have measures aimed at helping the unemployed: States with greater unemployment increases will receive more funds, and employers are encouraged to reduce the number of hours worked by employees in lieu of layoffs.
States are also directed to ease eligibility requirements and access to unemployment benefits for workers who do lose their job. For ex-military, have handy your DD214 form, which is your certificate of release or discharge from active duty (if you don’t have it, you can request a copy through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ disconnect website).
Massachusetts’ Department of Unemployment Assistance, for example, provides in which you enter the total wages you received in the past four quarters. Ultimately, it will be your state’s computer system that will crunch your numbers and determine your official weekly amount.
Discovering that your unemployment benefits are taxed may not be nearly as shocking as the news of your job loss, but it can be just as tough to accept. But if, say, you’ve lost one job but kept another, or if you get paid for a temporary assignment, you can still collect unemployment benefits.
Now that you’ve calculated how much you'll receive in unemployment benefits on a weekly basis, there’s no better time to put pen to paper and budget for the next few months. “This is an important time to determine your fixed and discretionary expenses,” says Lisa Brown, chief strategy officer at financial planning firm Bright worth in Atlanta.
Brown recommends speaking with your mortgage company if you’re a homeowner and inquiring with creditors, including credit card companies, to see if there are special programs for those whose jobs are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and to see if you’re eligible to defer or reduce monthly payments above and beyond what the government is proposing. You’ve likely seen e-mails from mortgage services, credit card companies and banks expressing their commitment to help you stay on top of your finances.
Brown also recommends that you look at how much money you have in your bank, and stretch it out as much as possible to avoid tapping into retirement accounts (which could come with a significant tax penalty).