Connecting People to Opportunities
The unemployment benefits phones and eServices system will be unavailable 6 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, April 18, so they can update their technology to implement the Federal CARES Act PUA. These updates will allow individuals who are self-employed and part-time workers with less than 680 hours to apply for benefits.
- The more you prepare before you apply, the smoother your process will be to get your benefits
- Everyone who is eligible will get their money – it is not going to run out – and will be paid retroactive to their date of eligibility
- Apply online and reserve calling our call centers for any specific claims issues that may arise
Have questions (after you’ve checked the website first): 833-572-8400
Filing your weekly claim over the phone : 800-318-6022
Claims inquiries that can’t be answered online : 800-318-6022
Folks can seek answers to questions through their new Virtual Chat
How to Apply for Unemployment
- Download this checklist for information you need to apply for regular unemployment benefits. Independent Contractors, self-employed, and those without wages click here and download these instructions.
- Apply for regular unemployment benefits at https://www.esd.wa.gov/unemployment even though you likely don’t qualify for them. This step is required before you can apply for the benefits for self-employed workers.
- Apply for expanded unemployment benefits (called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance) when the application goes live on Sunday, April 19th
For questions about unemployment benefits you can now call 1-833-572-8400. Please be aware that we are experiencing historically high call volumes and the wait times to speak with staff are long. Your best option is to try to find the answers to your questions on esd.wa.gov BEFORE you call.
Employment Security Department
The Employment Security Department (ESD) website has information for employees about benefits such as paid family and medical leave, unemployment benefits and SharedWork.
NOTE: Have you been denied from Employment Security Department for unemployment insurance? There has been some auto-generated denials that are not in line with the updated rules. ESD encourages you to file your weekly claim anyway.
Unemployment Benefit Update
Watch the following update from Washington State Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine.
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Quality Food Centers (QFC)
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Safeway & Albertsons
Safeway & Albertsons are immediately hiring in-store employees & delivery drivers – Apply online at Safeway or Albertsons or inquire with the Store Director at your local Safeway or Albertsons. After you apply, you can drop off your resume, or contact information for the Store Manager at the store location you applied at, and the date that you applied. They may not be able to meet with you at that this time, but can reach back out to you to move the process forward.Apply at Safeway Apply at Albertsons
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Washington State Employment Security Department
Washington State Employment Security Department is hiring additional staff in their Claims Center Operations due to layoffs and closures of some Washington businesses due to COVID-19. More information is available on the attached flyer. Interested individuals should apply online at careers.wa.gov. You may also sign up job announcement email list by clicking here.