Filing for unemployment in Washington

Washington Unemployment Requirements

You must have 680 hours of covered employment in your base year to meet the initial requirements to qualify for a claim. You must also have wages in Washington in order to file your unemployment claim against the state of Washington.

You need to give us the reason you became unemployed.

  • You may be eligible if your hours were reduced.
  • You are probably eligible if your employer laid you off for lack of work.
  • We have to make a decision about your eligibility if you voluntarily quit your job, were fired or suspended by your employer, or are on a leave of absence.
  • We will get information about your separation from both you and your employer. Both you and your employer have an opportunity to respond to each other’s version of the separation. We will then issue a written decision based on the information we gathered.

You must be physically able to work, available for work, and actively seeking suitable work.

How to file:

Click here to watch videos on how to claim unemployment.

Click here to apply online for Washington Unemplyoment (This is faster then on the phone).

Click here for claims center contact information, including hours and phone number, is available to help you apply for benefits by phone.