To be eligible for District of Columbia unemployment insurance benefits, you must be a resident of Washington, D.C. and all of the following must be true:

  • You are unemployed through no fault of your own
  • You worked in District of Columbia during the past 12 months
  • You earned a minimum amount of wages determined by District of Columbia guidelines
  • You are actively seeking work each week you are collecting benefits

Websitedoes.dc.gov/service
Phone877-319-7346
Email[email protected]
Apply Onlinehttps://does.dcnetworks.org/initialclaims
Weekly Certificationhttps://does.optimumui.com/
Appeal a Denialhttps://does.dc.gov/page/appeals
Find a Local OfficeOffice Directory
Report FraudInsurance Fraud
Coronavirus Updateshttps://coronavirus.dc.gov/recovery-individuals

Benefit Payments and Duration

Base PeriodFirst 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
Alt Base PeriodLast 4 completed quarters
Duration of BenefitsWeekly PaymentMaximum Benefits Amount (1 year)
MinMax
26 weeks$50$444$11,544

Washington, D.C. Unemployment Office Locations

Unemployment Office - Northeast5171 South Dakota Avenue NE
2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20017
202-576-3092
Unemployment Office - Northwest2000 14th Street NW
3rd Floor, Suite #336
Washington, DC 20009
202-442-4577
Unemployment Office Southeast2330 Pomeroy Road S.E.
Washington, DC 20020
202-741-7747
Office of Youth Programs4058 Minnesota Ave NE
Washington, DC 20019
202-724-2334