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Washington Unemployment Information

For unemployment benefits in Washington, you basically need to do the following:

  • Register with the unemployment agency
  • Give a reason why you are unemployed
  • Actively seek work
  • Submit three new verfiable work-related contacts each week
  • Register on Washington Work Source

Documentation requirements

Weekly records should include a list of your work search activities, including:
  • Company name and address
  • Person contacted
  • Telephone number of the employer
  • Type of work applied for
  • Explanation of results
You can file your weekly claim by phone system or online, and in rare cases by mail or fax with a paper claim form, at Washington State Employment Security Department

Disclaimer: This is our best attempt at summarizing the rules in Washington. For the official details, see the Washington State Employment Security Department.