New to unemployment?
Unemployment benefits may be available if you have recently lost your job.
Job search is back
You must now look for work to remain eligible for unemployment benefits. Find your next opportunity with an expanded list of activities.
State Office of Equity seeks your input. Survey available in 5 languages.
Affected by COVID-19
The federal stimulus bill that extends CARES Act unemployment benefits was signed into law. Visit the COVID-19 info page for the latest info.
More helpful links
- Self-employed and independent contractors
- Sick or caring for a family member
- Lost work or part-time worker
- Tips to avoid delays
- Tax info and your 1099-G form
- Benefit programs at a glance
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.
Employers: We can help
We have adopted changes to reduce the burden on employers during the crisis.
Sign in to eServices to apply for and manage unemployment claims, pay taxes and more. Select "Sign in" for a complete list.
Soon, ESD will be be using two-factor verification to improve security. Before then, log in and verify that we have your active email address. Find out why this is important.
Need help? See technical support
Employers: Read first before signing in
- Potential new claim alert
- Safety first! Verify your email to make your account more secure
- Job search requirement is now back in effect
- Unemployment waiting week waiver going back into effect
- Message for PUA claimants who requested backdated weeks
- State Auditor's Office announces cyber security breach
Did you receive an overpayment notice and need more information? Go to the Overpayments page to learn about next steps.
Do you suspect someone has filed for unemployment benefits using your information?
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 employees not returning to their job, as well as potential employer responses.
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