Washington Unemployment Department

The department in this state that handles unemployment insurance is called Washington Employment Security. If you have questions or issues about filing a new or weekly unemployment claim, they should be able to assist you. We provide the contact information for the Washington Unemployment Department below including the location, phone number and government website where you can find out how to file your claims, report fraud, find a job for employees and help businesses grow for employers. We also provide the information on how to file for WA unemployment online and file for unemployment over the phone.

If you lost your job at no fault of your own, then it is important to file your claim right away. Applying for unemployment benefits later in the week will not delay benefit payments. Your claim is good for a benefit year, which is 52 weeks, beginning with the week you file your application. You cannot file a new claim in Washington until your benefit year is over, even though you may have received all of your benefits. Most claims receive between 13 to 26 weeks of benefits. At the time of filing you will need information including your Social Security number. Your name, birth date 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. The dates you worked for all employers in the past 18 months. If you normally get your work through a union, the name and local number of your union and more. To see if you are eligible to receive these benefits and what additional information is needed when applying, find out how to file your Washington unemployment claim. As a reminder, unemployment insurance benefits are taxable. You must report any unemployment benefits you receive as part of your gross income on your taxes.

  • Unemployment Department Location
  • Washington Employment Security
    212 Maple Park Ave. SE
    Olympia, WA 98501

  • Unemployment Claim Phone Number
  • To file for WA unemployment benefits over the phone, call 800-318-6022.

  • Unempoyment Claim Online
  • The easist way to file your claim is through their online system. To file for WA unemployment online, click here.