Washington State Unemployment Benefits for Workers

State of Washington

U.S. Citizens and residents
Coming Soon

Unemployment benefits provide you with temporary income when you lose your job through no fault of your own. The money partly replaces your lost earnings and helps you pay expenses while looking for new work. The benefits, from taxes your former employer(s) paid, are not based on financial need. While you receive benefits, your job is to get back to work as quickly as possible. If your application is approved, you will be paid at least the minimum weekly benefit amount, and if that amount is at least $1 per week, you will also receive an additional $600 weekly from March 29 to July 25.


  • Provides you with (partial) temporary income when you lose your job through no fault of your own
  • The new Federal CARES Act provides you with an additional $600 per week from March 29 - July 25
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Many people who usually can’t get unemployment benefits now can.

This means money to help thousands more Washingtonians during the COVID-19 crisis, including:

  • Part-time workers and others who have lost work due to COVID-19
  • Workers with less than 680 hours in their base year
  • Parents who have lost childcare due to COVID-19
  • People at high risk of contracting COVID-19
  • People sick or caring for someone with COVID-19
  • People who are unemployed due to COVID-19 and have run out of regular unemployment benefits
  • People who are unemployed due to COVID-19 and are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits

Unsure if you qualify? Check here: ELIGIBILITY CHECKER

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WA State is experiencing extremely high call volumes. If possible, please apply online to save time and receive financial support fastest.

Before you start applying online, gather the required documents.

When applying, the system will time out after 15 minutes to protect your security. Apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We suggest you use a laptop or desktop computer—not a mobile device or tablet.

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See the full list of required documents: HERE


For additional information see the WA State Unemployment Website

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