OLYMPIA – Washington State Employment Security Department Commissioner, Suzi LeVine, released this statement on Thursday, following the vote in the U.S. Senate to provide sweeping stimulus measures, including the expansion of unemployment benefits:

“This agency has three very clear priorities: get benefits out more quickly to those who are eligible, expand eligibility for those who can utilize this benefit, and help employers find staff for essential jobs. “

“We are evaluating the federal legislation, but it appears to be a positive and important step toward meeting this agency’s priorities and – most importantly – the needs of Washingtonians. We know there are many questions and we expect be able to answer people’s questions soon about expanded eligibility and benefits. Our hope and plan is to then accurately set expectations for the coming days and weeks and identify clear and specific actions Washingtonians can take.“

“Right out of the gate, one thing that people can do to stay up-to-date is sign up for ESD’s COVID-19 action alerts. We will use this channel, as well as our social media channels, to provide regular updates as this situation quickly evolves.”

The Employment Security Department is the Washington state agency that administers Unemployment Insurance, Paid Family and Medical Leave and partner in WorkSource system in this state. Learn more at ESD.WA.GOV. Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook