Washingtonians on unemployment must look for jobs again next month

State officials say people in Washington collecting unemployment benefits will again be required to actively search for work to keep those benefits, starting July 4th.

Gov. Jay Inslee had suspended the job-search requirement last spring during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state Employment Security Department says under the reinstated job-search requirement, claimants are required to begin searching for a job during the week of July 4th through 10th and must report details of those activities to the department beginning the week of July 11th and for every subsequent week they are claiming benefits.

The change comes as the department reported the third straight weekly decline in jobless claims.

Last week, Washingtonians filed 8,868 new, or “initial,” claims for unemployment benefits, a 12.1% decrease from the prior week. (AP)

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