Recently Laid-Off Workers

We have compiled a list of unemployment and workforce resources to help you through this unprecedented time. These resources are updated frequently, so please check back often for the latest information.

Employment Opportunities

WorkSource has compiled a long list of businesses in essential industries which are currently hiring, including displaced workers. Jobs include opportunities in grocery, retail, fulfillment, healthcare, and janitorial, among others.

OneRedmond maintains a job posting board on the Eastside Recovery Hub.

Additionally, the Employment Security Department is currently hiring remote workers.

Unemployment Insurance

Temporary rules expand unemployment benefits to cover more people, including many sole proprietors, contractors, artists, and gig workers. At present, these rules also provide an additional weekly federal COVID-19 impact payment of up to $600.

Additionally, the Employment Security Department administers the state’s paid family/medical leave program, and has established detailed guides to guide you to the appropriate program for your situation.

The state is waiving the one-week waiting period to receive unemployment insurance. The order is retroactive for claims filed up to March 8.

Health Insurance

Washington Healthplanfinder, the state’s health insurance exchange, has opened a special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are or become uninsured. Some individuals be eligible for Apple Health (Medicaid). Check out the Healthplanfinder’s FAQ for more information.

Additionally, some recently laid-off workers may be eligible to elect COBRA coverage. This gives workers and their families who lose their health benefits the right to choose to continue their group health plan under certain circumstances, such as voluntary or involuntary job loss, reduction in the hours worked, transition between jobs, death, divorce, and other life events.

Starting a Business

Believe it or not, now might be a good time to consider starting a business.

Startup 425 continues to provide resources and training to early-stage entrepreneurs, in partnership with groups like Greater Seattle SCORE and the King County Library System. Our workshops have moved online in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but they are still free and available to all!

Washington SBDC provides resources like step-by-step business plans and one-on-one advising to prospective and current small business owners. Additionally, their online webinars are available to all!

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