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Q: When should I apply for unemployment?
- If you were eligible for unemployment before the federal legislation passed, please apply as soon as you can – taking care to read the information on ESD.WA.GOV beforehand and double-checking your information before submitting your application.
- If you were not eligible for unemployment before the federal stimulus package was passed, we are asking you to wait to file for unemployment because our system is not set up to accept your application. We expect those changes to be complete by mid-April, and the team is working around the clock to get them in place as quickly as possible.