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All unemployment claims increased 10% during the week of Nov. 29 – Dec. 5


OLYMPIA – During the week of November 29 – December 5, there were 24,587 initial regular unemployment claims (up 10.1 percent from the prior week) and 492,533 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (up 7.1 percent from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).  Initial regular claims applications remain […]

Employment Security Department job opportunities

Find the right job now. Check out state jobs at Employment Security Current openings If any of these opportunities sound like something you’d enjoy, and you want to make a difference in your community, then we encourage you to apply now! UI Specialist – Support Lead: Virtual (UIS5) Internal Only Budget Analyst: Olympia (BA3 In-training) […]

Washington Employment Security Department struggles with transparency

Suzi LeVine

Washington Employment Security Department struggles with transparencyBy Mark Harmsworth | WPC Contributor and Pundit | Republished by Lynnwood Times Recent information exposed by whistleblowers at the State Employment Security Department (ESD) have re-enforced the need to improve transparency in the process and the criteria used to approve unemployment claims. As reported by the Puget Sound Business […]

Arrest made in $650 million ESD unemployment fraud case

Esogie Osawaru

By Erin Freeman | Lynnwood Times Staff Washington has been at the forefront of massive fraudulent activity since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, an extensive network of cybercriminals claiming hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment through the names of tens of thousands in the state alone.  On May 14, Washington’s Employment Security Department […]

National Guard to assist ESD as tens of thousands still await unemployment payments

Suzi LeVine

National Guard to assist ESD as tens of thousands still await unemployment paymentsby Erin Freeman | Lynnwood Times Staff The National Guard has officially joined the Washington Employment Security Department (ESD), until further notice, to help the department work through an accumulation of unemployment claims. The ESD is backlog tens of thousands of claims following […]

WA ESD unemployment check fraud case expands to nearly $1 billion


Editor’s note: This story was originally published by Lacamas Magazine. It is published here with permission from and full attribution to Lacamas Magazine ( and Editor Ernie Geigenmiller. BREAKING NEWS — According to Senator Ann Rivers (18th Legislative District), whose office was briefed June 3 by the Employment Security Department (ESD), the unemployment check fraud […]

Washington State hit hard by unemployment fraud

by Luke Putvin | Lynnwood Times Staff On May 14, Employment Security Department (ESD) Commissioner, Suzi LeVine, released a statement touching on the rise in unemployment imposter fraud attempts. “Since the start of May – and particularly in the past week – the Employment Security Department has seen a significant rise in reports of imposter […]

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