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Washingtonians starting to receive federal unemployment payments

Congress passed more relief for Americans, but when will they start seeing it hit their bank accounts?

SEATTLE — Thousands of people in the unemployment system have been waiting anxiously for federal relief to hit their bank accounts, and some are starting to see that this week.

It's a hot topic in the Washington State Unemployment Support Group on Facebook. Some people in the group posted they started seeing payments from the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) fund as of Tuesday night.

This would fall in line with what the Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) posted about PEUC payments.

The agency announced it had updated its computer system over the weekend of January 30 to start accepting the 11 additional weeks of benefits. The agency said if claimants have any pending PEUC payments, those would have begun processing over the weekend and could take two to three business days to be deposited in accounts.

The ESD also said that some people may receive a separate deposit for back payments depending on when weekly claims are submitted.

The agency said there could be some slowdowns as it processes large batches of information. The ESD's busiest days fall on Sundays and Mondays, though people can submit a weekly claim up until the following Saturday. 

You can submit a claim in the e-services account, or call an automated number at 1-800-318-6022.

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