New to unemployment?

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

 

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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. 

 

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Federal pandemic unemployment benefits ended

The CARES Act and other federal programs that expanded and extended unemployment benefits expired the week ending Sept. 4, 2021. Visit the COVID-19 info page to learn more. 

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.


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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. 

Having issues with the new two-step verification? For help filing your weekly claim, see our Alert.

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User guides: for individuals | for employers

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Overpayments

Did you receive an overpayment notice and need more information? Go to the Overpayments page to learn about next steps.


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.


Return to work

The Refusal of work page responds to questions about employees 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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