Get your claims handbook – online!

About a month ago, we quit mailing our 45-page Handbook for Unemployed Workers to everyone who applies for unemployment benefits.

This decision to break from long-standing tradition didn’t happen overnight. It’s very important that everyone has a fair chance to understand the sometimes-complicated requirements for receiving unemployment benefits. At the same time, the opportunity to save up to $325,000 a year in printing and mailing costs was very alluring.

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Collecting money lost to unemployment-benefits fraud

The Employment Security Department has recaptured more than $10.2 million owed by nearly 11,000 people who claimed unemployment benefits they weren’t eligible for.

Treasury Offset Program (TOP) allows Employment Security to intercept federal income-tax returns for individuals who are delinquent in repaying the state for benefits resulting from fraud or failure to report earnings as required by law.

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Part-time workers eligible for unemployment benefits, too

Did you know you can work part time and still collect unemployment benefits? In fact, a part-time or temporary job can help your unemployment benefits last longer.

The key is to tell us how many hours you worked and how much you earned for any week you claim unemployment benefits. Depending on your earnings, you may qualify for partial benefits.

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How many commuters were potentially affected by the SR-530 slide?

The March 22 landslide across SR-530 effectively cut the communities of Oso, Darrington and Swede Haven off from the rest of Snohomish County. Many people who live on one side of the now-closed SR-530 and work on the other side now face substantially increased commutes via alternative routes.

To understand the extent to which the community was affected, it is helpful to know how many people use SR-530 for work-related commutes.

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