Unemployment is a ridiculous waste of time ETA w/ states that will allow military spouse unemployment benefits
I don't even know why I bothered at this point. For once I'm not going to rant about Oklahoma, I'm ranting about Washington.
My official last day before we PCS'd was 8/23/13, although I went back and helped out on 8/26 while the packers were packing up our house because they were in a real bind with staffing. I applied for unemployment as soon as I got home from work on 8/23. Big mistake, apparently. They initally denied me, (as I knew they would), because I voluntarily quit, however they accepted my appeal on the basis of being a military spouse and moved against my will. Great, right? This is where the debaucle begins. They denied me the week of 8/26 because I wasn't available and able to work every day because we were packing and cleaning, even thought I applied for 3 jobs as required. They denied me the week of 9/2 because we were on the road Mon-Wed and I wasn't available and able to work every day that week, even though I applied for 3 jobs as required. They approved me for the week of 9/9, BUT apparently they don't actually pay you for the first week you are eligible, it's called a holding week or something, so I won't see a dime for that week. I may, possibly, actually see a payment sometime this week for the last week 9/16, but I interviewed and was offered a job last Wednesday, which doesn't start until 9/30. So, unless I go out and apply for three more jobs, (which I won't accept and is a huge waste of time because I already accepted one), I won't get paid for this week, 9/23.
So, out of four, (five next week), current weeks of acceptance, I may actually see one unemployment check. Good on ya Washington State. Grumble grumble grumble.
ETA: 45 states currently grant unemployment benefits to a military spouse when dislocated from a job due to a PCS. 21 grant automatically, the others you have to file an appeal, but they will grant it once you do. The following states are exceptions and WILL NOT grant you benefits: