How do you apply for unemployment benefits in Washington?
You can apply for unemployment benefits any time online or by calling the claims center at 800-318-60228.
It's always much faster to apply online. If you call, be prepared for a long wait time.
Being without a job is scary. I've been there. How do you make ends meet?
You have rent, a car payment, an electric bill, a cell phone bill, etc. It can be overwhelming. Take a deep breath. Look over monthly expenses to see where you can cut back.
In Washington, what are my unemployment-insurance benefits?
The benefits replace your former paycheck, helping you to meet expenses while you are actively searching for another job. It's your job to get back to work as quickly as you can.
How much does unemployment pay in Washington?
With the CARES Act, the minimum weekly payment was $295, while the maximum was $929 in 2021. After you apply for benefits, the Employment Security Department will mail you an Unemployment Claim Determination letter indicating how much you are eligible to receive.
A handbook for unemployed workers in Washington is available.
You can read and download the handbook here. A printed copy is also available at your local WorkSource office. WorkSource in Tri-Cities is in Kennewick. You can call the unemployment claims center at 800-318-6022 to speak to a claims agent.
Still, have questions?
Use the secure online form or call 800-318-6022.