Emergency unemployment for Federal Workers

OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee and Commissioner Suzi LeVine announced an emergency rule January 24, allowing federal workers working without pay to receive unemployment benefits.

Workers can learn how to apply here: https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment-benefits-related-to-partial-federal-shutdown#NEW

The Employment Security Department has posted data about the estimated number of workers impacted by county, including estimates of lost wages by week.

The agency also has data from the National Association of State Workforce Agencies showing the estimated number of employees by affected federal agency in Washington.

[Note: When or if Federal pay is reinstated, the unemployment is required to be repaid.]


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