State Auditor's Office announces cyber security breach

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Unemployment benefits may be available if you have recently lost your job.


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Job search returning

Job search requirements return in July and you must look for work to receive unemployment benefits. Find your next opportunity with an expanded list of activities. 


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Affected by COVID-19

The federal stimulus bill that extends CARES Act unemployment benefits was signed into law. Visit the COVID-19 info page for the latest info. 

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Need other support to cope during COVID-19?
Get the latest information and learn about other resources that may be available to you at Washington State’s COVID-19 website. Visit

Employers: We can help

We have adopted changes to reduce the burden on employers during the crisis.

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Did you receive an overpayment notice and need more information? Go to the Overpayments page to learn about next steps.

Imposter fraud

Do you suspect someone has filed for unemployment benefits using your information?

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Returning to work

As the economy reopens in phases during the COVID-19 crisis, we and our workforce partners offer continued unemployment and re-employment services.

Please visit the Return to work page for a range of resources for workers and employers.

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The Refusal of work page responds to questions about employees not returning to their job, as well as potential employer responses.

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How to get help

We’re here to help. But with 20,000 calls coming into our phone center each day, wait times are very long, and many of you are struggling to reach us.

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