employment security department

Washington’s unemployment system sees spike in impostors

Because of an increase in attempted “impostor fraud” applications for weekly unemployment benefits during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, officials in Washington state said Thursday they will be holding all payments for up to two days this week while they take additional steps to verify claims.

Head of employment agency resigns after workplace report

The head of Washington state's Employment Security Department has resigned following an outside investigation found several employees complained about him putting his arms around them or looking at their bodies in ways that made them uncomfortable.