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Unemployment benefits may be available if you have recently lost your job.

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Restart claim?

After missing five or more weeks of filing for benefits, you can restart your claim online.

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Affected by COVID-19

Federal stimulus updates

  • On Dec. 27, 2020  the federal stimulus that changes and extends CARES Act unemployment benefits was signed into law. Visit the COVID-19 info page for the latest info. 
  • On Dec. 27, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a one-time payment of $550 to many recipients of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Learn more on the Pandemic Relief Payments page.

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Employers: We can help

We have adopted changes to reduce the burden on employers during the crisis.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

Imposter fraud

Do you suspect someone has filed for unemployment benefits using your information?

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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.

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The Refusal of work page responds to questions about employees not returning to their job, as well as potential employer responses.

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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.

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