www.esd.wa.gov/unemployment | How To Apply For Unemployment Benefits of Washington State Online

Unemployment benefits aims to assist workers who lost their jobs through no fault of their own and are not based on financial need. Are are in Washington and you are unemployed? this article will guide you to apply for Unemployment benefits of Washington state through their secure online portal.

Unemployment benefits are made available through taxes paid by your former employer(s) to partially replace your regular earnings and help you meet expenses while you look for another job.

During the period you are receiving benefits, it’s your responsibility to find another job and get back to work as quickly as you can.

The Employment Security Department of Washington State provide citizens with a better working environment and healthier job market. They encourages those that lost their job at no fault of their own to file a claim and apply for Unemployment Benefits.

If you are qualified for the application requirements, it means you are eligible to apply for the unemployment benefit. By following the steps on this page, it will help and guide you through the process of your application.

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Before you proceed to apply, you need to get the following information ready. Also, bear in mind that the online application system logs out after 15 minutes of activity, so please save frequently.

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Your name, birthdate and contact information (for example, mailing address, phone number and email address).
  • Your highest level of education.
  • The names and mailing addresses of all your employers during the past 18 months, including part-time and temporary jobs. (If you worked for more than 16 employers in the past 18 months, you must file your claim by phone (800-318-6022 or persons with hearing or speaking impairments can call Washington Relay Service 711).
  • The dates you worked for all employers in the past 18 months. Use your best estimate if you don’t remember the exact dates. If you are still working, use the date you last worked before you apply for benefits.
  • If you normally get your work through a union, the name and local number of your union.
  • If you were in the military during the last 18 months, your DD-214, any member copy, 2 through 8.
  • If you were a federal employee in the past 18 months, your Standard Form 8 (SF8), “Notice To Federal Employees About Unemployment Insurance.” The Standard Form 50 (SF50), “Notice of Personnel Action” is not required, but will speed up the processing of your claim.
  • Your citizenship status. If you’re not an U.S. citizen, your work authorization information.
  • If you apply for benefits online and want to sign up for direct deposit, your account and routing numbers for your bank or credit union.

How To Apply For Unemployment Benefits of Washington State Online

1. First, you need to Sign in with a SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account. If you created a SAW account for WorkSourceWA.com or another state service, you can use that same user name and password. If not, you can follow the instructions to create a new SAW account.

2. Carefully answer all questions correctly to verify your identity. You’ll only need to do this the first time you sign in. Please don’t rush through the questions. If you answer incorrectly, the system will not recognize you. This added layer of security is designed to prevent identity thieves from accessing your account.

3. Now confirm the computer or mobile device you are using the first time you sign in or whenever you use a new device.

If you don’t have a computer? visit your local library or WorkSource center to use a computer.

4. After submitting your application, a confirmation page appears, showing successful application. Also, you will get a verification by email, if you use your email address and permission to correspond with you.

5. After applying for Unemployment Benefits of Washington State, you can read your Statement of Benefits, Wages & Hours and let us know immediately if you find errors.

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NOTE: Benefit payments don’t start until after you begin filing weekly claims. File a weekly claim for the prior week. For unemployment purposes, a week runs from Sunday through Saturday – you cannot claim for the week until it is over.