Unemployment insurance is designed to assist workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. It is 100 percent funded by employers through payroll taxes. Benefits are not based on your financial need. Although weekly benefits do not completely replace your regular earnings, they can help you meet expenses until you find a new job. You are encouraged to apply during the first week you become unemployed. HRS is not able to answer questions regarding your unemployment benefits. Please contact the Employment Security Department directly.

Find information about filing an unemployment claim, read Frequently Asked Questions and locate job resources from your region’s unemployment office:

Other State Resources

The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) | DSHS is a helping hand and lifeline for one out of every four Washington residents. Services include protection, comfort, food assistance, financial aid, medical care and others.

Community Resources

The Community Action Center is a nonprofit organization offering services ranging from emergency and transitional housing, food supplements, and energy assistance to early childhood development, legal referral, rental assistance, weatherization, home rehab and home purchase assistance.

Find a Community Action Agency in your area: Community Action Partnership.

Disclaimer: HRS does not endorse or represent any employment or financial resources listed within this website as recommended by the University. The information on the website is only a small representative of possibilities.