Washington State Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Washington unemployment insurance benefits are designed to temporarily help replace income while eligible unemployed workers look for new work. The unemployment benefits are calculated based on your earnings for a base year.

Washington Unemployment Services

Private CompanyWashington Unemployment
Apply Onlinehttps://secure.esd.wa.gov/home
Weekly Certificationhttps://secure.esd.wa.gov/home
Appeal a DenialRequest a Hearing
Find a Local OfficeOffice Locator
Report FraudFraud Tip Hotline
Coronavirus Updateshttps://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19

Am I Eligible for Unemployment Benefits?

To qualify for unemployment benefits in the state of Washington, a claimant must satisfy several requirements. First, the applicant must have worked in Washington state for at least a portion of the base year used to calculate benefits. In Washington, you must have accrued a total of at least 680 working hours in your base year to be eligible for unemployment benefits. Unless you recently left the military and are currently located in Washington state, at least some of those hours must have occurred in Washington state.

You must also be out of work through no fault of your own, meaning you cannot have quit your job without good cause. In addition, you must be willing, able, and available to accept suitable work when it is offered.

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

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

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)
1-26 weeks$201$844$20,540

How Do I Apply for Unemployment Benefits in Washington?

The easiest way to apply for your UI benefits is to submit your eligibility claim online. You also have the option of calling Washington’s claim center to submit your unemployment claim. However, please know that long wait times are common when filing a claim by phone. It’s much faster and more efficient to apply online, and you are strongly encouraged to do so. It’s a good idea to make sure that you apply for your unemployment compensation within two weeks of losing your job.

How Do I Manage My Unemployment Benefits?

Once you’re approved for unemployment insurance benefits, you will need to submit recertification each week to receive your weekly benefit for the previous week. If you submitted your initial claim online, you’ll have already set up an account with the Employee Security Department’s eServices website. Simply log into your account and check for a message about your weekly unemployment compensation in your account alerts.  Click the link in that email and follow the instructions from there to make your weekly claim.

If you are not able to apply online, you can submit your weekly UI benefits claim over the phone. Simply call 800-318-6022 either to use the automated system or to speak with a claims agent. You may choose to receive your unemployment benefits either via direct deposit or by prepaid debit card, both of which can be set up online when you apply for your benefits.

How Do I Appeal a Decision?

If you don’t receive a favorable response to your original claim, you do have the option to appeal the decision. The easiest way to appeal is online. You can submit a statement of appeal online through your eService account. Select the Decision option, choose the decision you’d like to appeal, and select Appeal to begin the process. If you’d prefer to mail your statement, you can send a letter outlining your objections to the decision and asking for additional review to the following address:

Claims Center Appeals
P.O. Box 19018
Olympia, WA 98507-0018

There is no option for submitting an appeal either by email or over the phone. Once your appeal is received, your case will garner additional review, and you may be asked to participate in a hearing so that an administrative law judge can gather additional information about your case.

How Do I Report Fraud?

Washington state has a comprehensive network designed to help residents report instances of fraudulent claims. To report fraud, use the secure fraud reporting form to alert officials that an imposter may be fraudulently claiming benefits under your name. If you have reason to believe that someone is claiming fraudulent unemployment benefits, you also can report this using the state’s fraud tip reporting form.

Washington Unemployment Office Locations

WorkSource Grays Harbor415 W Wishkah Ste 2D
Aberdeen, WA 98520
WorkSource Auburn2707 I St NE
Auburn, WA 98002
WorkSource Bellevue College3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bldg B131
Bellevue, WA 98007
WorkSource Whatcom101 Prospect Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
WorkSource Lewis County500 Centralia College Blvd 200
Centralia, WA 98531
WorkSource Colville956 S Main Suite B
Colville, WA 99114
WorkSource Wenatchee Valley270 9th Street NE Suite 240
East Wenatchee, WA 98802
WorkSource Kittitas County510 North Pine Street
Ellensburg, WA 98926
WorkSource Everett3201 Smith Ave
Everett, WA 98201
WorkSource Goldendale116 East Main Street
Goldendale, WA 98620
WorkSource AJC Joint Base Lewis-McChord11577 41st Division Dr
Hawk Transition Center, Room 206
Jblm, WA 98422
WorkSource Cowlitz / Wahkiakum Counties305 South Pacific Avenue Suite B
Kelso, WA 98626
WorkSource Columbia Basin (Tri-Cities)815 N Kellogg Suite D
Kennewick, WA 99336
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom9401 Farwest Drive South West
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999
WorkSource Long Beach2601 Pacific Avenue North
Long Beach, WA 98631
WorkSource Lynnwood18009 Highway 99 Suite #A
Lynnwood, WA 98037
WorkSource Skagit2005 E College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
WorkSource Whidbey265 NE Kettle St Suite 102
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
WorkSource Okanogan County126 South Main St. PO Box 3759
Omak, WA 98841
WorkSource Clallam County228 West First Street Suite A
Port Angeles, WA 98362-2639
South Kitsap Community Resources3200 Rainshadow Court
Port Orchard, WA 98367
WorkSource Pullman1615 NE Eastgate Blvd. Building 1, Suite 101A
Pullman, WA 99163
WorkSource Redmond7735 178th Place NE Suite C
Redmond, WA 98052
WorkSource Tukwila (Youth services)645 Andover Park West
Renton, WA 98188
WorkSource Downtown Seattle2024 3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
WorkSource Rainier2531 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144-5328
WorkSource Seattle (North)9600 College Way North
Seattle, WA 98103
WorkSource South Seattle6000 16th Avenue SW
Robert Smith Building 79
Seattle, WA 98106
WorkSource Mason County2505 Olympic Hwy N
Suite 420; PO Box 1850
Shelton, WA 98584
WorkSource Kitsap CountyCovid-193120 NW Randall Way
Silverdale, WA 98383
Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest130 East Third Avenue
Spokane, WA 99202
Next Generation Zone901 East 2nd Avenue Suite 100
Spokane, WA 99202
Spokane Community College1810 North Green Street
Bldg 6; Mail Stop 2063
Spokane, WA 99217
WorkSource Spokane130 South Arthur Street
Spokane, WA 99202
WorkSource Stevenson40 SW Cascade Avenue Suite A&B
Stevenson, WA 98648
WorkSource Sunnyside1925 Morgan Road
Sunnyside, WA 98944
Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region714 South 27th Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
WorkSource Pierce County2121 S. State Street Suite 300
Tacoma, WA 98405
WorkSource Toppenish706 Rentschler Lane PO Box 831
Toppenish, WA 98948
WorkSource Thurston County1570 Irving St SW
Tumwater, WA 98512
WorkSource Yakima County1205 Ahtanum Ridge Drive Suite A
Union Gap, WA 98903
WorkSource Vancouver204 SE Stonemill Drive Suite 215
Vancouver, WA 98684
WorkSource Walla Walla1530 Stevens PO Drawer H
Walla Walla, WA 99362
WorkSource Walla Walla Community College500 Tausick Way - Area 133
Walla Walla, WA 99362
WorkSource Columbia Gorge107 West Jewett Blvd P.O. Box 2169
White Salmon, WA 98672