Washington approved for federal $300 jobless aid boost

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington has been approved for a federal coronavirus grant that will allow for an additional $300 in unemployment benefits on top of the state’s regular unemployment benefit for a limited period of time. Payments will be retroactive to Aug. 1.  Not everyone who has filed a claim will be eligible for the extra funding, and ESD has said that the benefit is currently time-limited to those filing claims over a three-week period, between July 26 and Aug. 15. In order to qualify for the weekly bonus, people must certify that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19.