We will notify you if your application has been approved and let you know how much money you will receive and what to do next. Sign up for direct deposit or a debit card to receive your weekly benefits faster and more securely.
Usually, people receiving unemployment benefits are required to look for work and document their search. However, job search requirements are currently optional until the Pandemic State of Emergency is lifted.
Many employers are still hiring, even now, so we encourage anyone who has lost work to continue searching. If you were approved for unemployment benefits within the past 12 months, but stopped claiming for a week or more for any reason, don't submit a new application.
Unemployment benefits provide you with temporary income when you lose your job through no fault of your own. The money partly replaces your lost earnings and helps you pay expenses while looking for new work.
The benefits, from taxes your former employer(s) paid, are not based on financial need. While you receive benefits, your job is to get back to work as quickly as possible.
The state Employment Security Department (ESD) recommends workers take the following four steps to help ensure their unemployment benefits are filed correctly and start quickly: ESD recently posted a video that explains the process to be followed in order to apply for benefits.
Many issues people are having start with small errors made when filling out the form. Then, you must submit a claim each week until you want your benefits to stop.
Under the CARES Act, the federal government funded the payment for the first week of unemployment benefits. As a result, if your unemployment claim has an effective date of Jan. 3, 2021, or later, you will not receive payment the first week of your claim while we determine your eligibility for benefits.
We are experiencing an extremely high call volume due to increased demand, and many customers are not able to get through. Submit your weekly claim online for the fastest results.
Log in If submitting online, anytime between 12:00 a.m. on Sunday, and 11:59 p.m. on Saturday. No unemployment benefits are paid for your waiting week.
On Dec. 27, 2020, federal law extended Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits through the week ending March 13, 2021. If you’re a self-employed worker who’s lost income in this crisis, you may now qualify for unemployment benefits.
Watch the tutorial on this page to avoid common issues that could delay your benefits. The job search requirement is optional during this crisis, so you can answer “no.” It won't affect your benefits.
When your application for regular benefits has been denied, an alert will show up in your services account and email inbox. If you do not receive an alert about applying for PUA and you receive an alert for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PUC), you will need to complete the PUC application before you can apply for PUA.
You will need to upload documents such as your federal tax return or 1099 form as proof of income. If your application for PUA is approved, your weekly benefit amount will be based on your normal income, up to a maximum of $790.
If you find work and no longer need to collect unemployment benefits, simply stop filing weekly claims. We must verify wage information to determine your correct benefits.
However, to get you money as soon as possible, we will pay you the minimum amount you are eligible for after you're approved, and you submit your first weekly claim. We will review the information you submit as quickly as possible and calculate the total benefits you’re owed.
As the economy reopens in phases during the COVID-19 crisis, we and our workforce partners offer continued unemployment and re-employment services. The Refusal of work page responds to questions about employees not returning to their job, as well as potential employer responses.
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. On Dec. 27, 2020, federal law extended PUA benefits through the week ending March 13, 2021.
It also increased the number of weeks you can claim PUA benefits from 39 to 50. The Employment Security Department is working to deliver the newly extended federal benefits as well as Washington’s Pandemic Relief Payment (PRP) program.
We will update the COVID-19 information page with the newest info and sharing on social media. Customers should watch for information about next steps via email and their preferred method of communication, services or postal mail.
Download this checklist for information you need to apply for regular unemployment benefits. Watch the tutorial on this page to avoid common issues that could delay your benefits.
If you are denied regular benefits, you may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). If your application is approved, your weekly benefit amount will be based on your normal income, up to a maximum of $790.
The link to submit a weekly claim will be in services and will show up when we are ready for you to complete it. The job search requirement is currently optional, so if you answer “no,” it won't affect your benefits.
Weekly claims you submit before being approved will be processed together for an initial lump sum payment. You will receive payment via the method you choose: direct deposit (fastest) or debit card.
We must verify wage information to determine your correct benefits. However, to get you money as soon as possible, we will pay you the minimum amount you are eligible for after you are approved, and you submit your first weekly claim.
We will review the information you submit as quickly as possible and calculate the total benefits you’re owed. The information provided below does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice or guarantee eligibility for unemployment compensation; instead, all content available below is for general reference.
Decisions about eligibility for benefits and amounts are made solely by state agencies. For the most accurate eligibility and benefits information you are advised to contact your state unemployment agency.
Under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act certain benefits are extended (such as a 13-week extension of the duration of benefits through 12/31/20) and certain requirements are relaxed (such as availability to work and actively seeking work under certain conditions.) The CARES Act benefits are administered through the state unemployment agencies.
On August 8, 2021, President Trump signed an executive memorandum allowing states, territories, and the District of Columbia to make available enhanced unemployment benefits. Federal funding for the program is projected to last approximately six weeks for each state, though that is subject to change.
Eligible claimants must be receiving at least $100 per week in unemployment insurance compensation in order to qualify. The weekly benefit amount can be estimated by adding together the gross wages in the two highest quarters during your base period, dividing by 2, and then multiplying by 0.0385.