Unemployment

Update from the Governor's office:
Lost Wages Assistance program payments are now processing - funds should start to reach eligible claimants. Payments will be retroactive for all weeks for which the claimant met eligibility requirements. Refer to the Employment Security Department website for details.

Washington Employment Security Department COVID-19 Information Page for workers.

Filing for Unemployment in Washington and tips on how to file for Unemployment Benefits in WashingtonThe state Employment Security Department (ESD) recommends workers take four steps to help ensure their unemployment benefits are filed correctly and start quickly.
Washington Employment Security Department Unemployment Claims Center Phone Number: 1-800-318-6022
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Strategies that help filing for unemployment in Washington.

Unemployment Benefits Eligibility Checklist

Unemployment Benefits Applications Checklist

Set up your Secure Access Washington (SAW) account. Watch this video that explains how! 

If you are first responder or a health care worker who is unable to work due to illness (including COVID-19) and do not qualify for unemployment, you may qualify for other benefits.  See if you are eligible to have your lost wages covered through workers’ compensation. File a claim here or call 1-877-561-3453.

Or, if the time that you are or will be unable to work due to illness is longer than seven days, you may qualify for Paid Family Medical Leave Benefits. Please see Paid Family & Medical Leave or call 1-833-717-2273. 

Expanded Unemployment for those who would not normally qualify for unemployment: part-time, loss of child care, and more.

Self-Employed or Independent Contractors in Washington.