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Are you eligible to claim unemployment benefits?

If you understand the eligibility requirements listed below, go directly to the initial online unemployment-benefits application.

If you still have questions about how to apply, what information you need to provide when you apply, or whether you qualify, the applying-for-unemployment-benefits video (Spanish video)  (captioned video) will give you basic claims information. Please be sure to read your Handbook for Unemployed Workers (PDF, 2.9MB) for more detailed information.

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 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.

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

Eligibility for corporate officers.

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