New to unemployment?
Unemployment benefits may be available if you have recently lost your job.
Login to finish your unemployment application or submit your weekly claim.
Returning to work
As the economy reopens in phases during the COVID-19 crisis, we and our workforce partners offer continued unemployment and re-employment services.
Please visit the Return to work page for a range of resources for workers and employers.
The Refusal of work page responds to questions about an employee not returning to their job, as well as potential employer responses.
Employers: We can help
We have adopted changes to reduce the burden on employers during the crisis.
Affected by COVID-19
- Lost Wages Assistance is a federal program that adds $300 for each week the program remains federally funded. If you receive unemployment benefits for certain weeks and you are unemployed or working fewer hours because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for these benefits.
- The federal CARES Act expands unemployment benefits to people affected by COVID-19. If you are not eligible for regular unemployment, learn more about Pandemic Unemployment Assistance here:
Self-employed and independent contractors
Sick or caring for a family member
Lost work or part-time worker
Do you suspect someone has filed for unemployment benefits using your information?
Learn more about ESD's response on the COVID-19 page.
Need other support to cope during COVID-19?
Get the latest information and learn about other resources that may be available to you at Washington State’s COVID-19 website. Visit coronavirus.wa.gov.
How to get help
We’re here to help. But with 20,000 calls coming into our phone center each day, wait times are very long, and many of you are struggling to reach us.Learn more