A Few Words…

The pandemic has taken its toll on all of us. Whether it be losing a loved one, losing a job, or just social isolation, COVID-19 has left its mark on our state and our country. I am encouraged that we are beginning the process of reopening, but thousands remain out of work, small businesses are closing their doors for good, and working families are hurting.

There is no doubt that this will change how we go about our daily lives in the future. But now is the time for rebuilding. We must rebuild our economy in a safe and effective manner, ensuring that the actions we take provide support to our businesses and protect our fellow citizens. Below you will find resources compiled from the Governor’s website.

Official WA State Updates

Businesses & Workers

How to file for unemployment benefits

It is recommended that you do the following:

  1. sign up for COVID-19 action alerts;
  2. determine if you are eligible for benefits by reviewing the ESD’s checklist;
  3. read the unemployment benefits application list to ensure you have the proper elements;
  4. create a SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account as it is needed. Please also consult a video the ESD posted.
COVID-19 Action Alerts
ESD Checklist
Unemployment Application
Create Your SAW Account

For businesses

If you are a business owner and have questions about business assistance, taxes and tax payments, utilities, or anything else, please click below.

FAQ’s For Businesses

For workers

If you have any questions about unemployment, unemployment benefits, and paid sick leave, please click below.

FAQ’s For Workers

Family Support

I know that for many of us, protecting our loved ones was first on our minds when the pandemic struck Washington. Our government has compiled a list of resources and answers to many questions you may have. I encourage you all to click below and utilize the information given, as it contains crucial guides to help keep the ones you care about most safe.

For You and Your Family