New to unemployment?

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

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:

Employers: We can help

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


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eServices

Sign in to eServices to apply for and manage unemployment claims, pay taxes and more. Select "Sign in" for a complete list. 

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User guides: for individuals | for employers

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Employers: Read first before signing in

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 coronavirus.wa.gov.

Imposter fraud

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


Report it

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.


Return to work

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


Refusal of work

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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