Training benefits

The Training Benefits (TB) Program provides extended unemployment benefits to qualifying unemployment insurance (UI) claimants who need training for a new career. The TB Program provides income support while participating individuals are in training, but does not cover the direct costs of training (e.g., tuition, books, transportation). The benefits are paid out of the state Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.

These studies compare the earnings of UI claimants who participated in the TB Program to the earnings of UI claimants who were eligible for the program, but chose not to participate.

Data in these reports are primarily from three sources: Employment Security’s administrative records, a survey of program participants conducted by Employment Security and training data from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC). Learn more about the TB Program

The 2016 Training Benefits Program Report provides a baseline for legislators and policy makers to measure the effects of policy changes to the TB Program and covers:

  • Participant demographics
  • Training and unemployment benefit payments
  • Experiences with the program
  • Participant employment and wage history
  • Administrative costs 

The 2015 Net Impact Study on Annual Earnings for the Training Benefits Program (2002-2012) analyzes the net impact and cost-benefit of the TB Program on the employment, earnings and unemployment benefits receipt of program participants.

The Effect of Community and Technical College Course Work on Annual Earnings for the Training Benefits Program (2006-2009) report analyzes the effect of the unemployment insurance TB Program on the earnings of TB Program participants, with a particular focus on the training completed. This report was prepared in accordance with the provisions of the WDQI Grant and we acknowledge the financial support of the United States Department of Labor through the Work Force Data Quality Initiative Grant.

These studies were prepared in accordance with the Revised Code of Washington, section 50.22.157. The Training Benefits Program report has changed from an annual to a five-year report.  The next one will be published December 2021.

Earlier reports are available in the report library.