$300 jobless boost available week of Sept. 21

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Employment Security Department announced that a weekly jobless benefit boost of $300 would be processed starting Sept. 21. Payments will be retroactive to Aug. 1 and will be on top of the state’s regular unemployment benefit. 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.