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Washington Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility_RequirementsRequirements For Washington Unemployment Insurance Benefits:

You must have 680 hours of covered employment in your base year to meet the initial requirements to qualify for a Unemployment Insurance Benefit claim. You must also have wages in Washington in order to file your unemployment claim against the state of Washington. read more

You need to give the reason you became unemployed.

  • You are probably eligible if your employer laid you off for lack of work.
  • We have to make a decision about your eligibility if you voluntarily quit your job, were fired or suspended by your employer, or are on a leave of absence.
  • We will get information about your separation from both you and your employer. Both you and your employer have an opportunity to respond to each other’s version of the separation. We will then issue a written decision based on the information we gathered.

You must be physically able to work, available for work, and actively seeking suitable work. 

Maximum Unemployment Insurance Benefit Period:

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.

Total unemployment Insurance Benefit in Washington:

In Washington state, the maximum weekly benefit amount is $624. The minimum is $148. No one who is eligible for benefits will receive less than this, regardless of his or her earnings.

Purpose of Unemployment-Insurance Benefits
Unemployment benefits partially replace your regular earnings and help you meet expenses while you look for another job. They are not based on financial need. While receiving benefits, it’s your responsibility to get back to work as quickly as you can.
Tax on Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Unemployment Insurance Benefit is taxable. Federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) income-tax law does not require us to withhold taxes from your weekly unemployment benefits. However, you may choose to have 10 percent of your weekly benefits deducted for income-tax purposes.

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Unemployment Office Tips:

Tips to help you when visiting your local Unemployment Office:

  • Show Up Early: Your local unemployment office can sometimes be crowded. You must understand that there are a lot of people currently looking for work. So you will find a lot of people filing for benefits.
  • Be prepared to wait: With lots of people at your local unemployment office, if you are late you will have to wait. The best way to avoid the long lines is to get to the office early.
  • Be prepared with your Documents: If you are applying for unemployment benefits be sure to take with you all necessary information such as a job release letter, date of last employment and name of the company.
  • Have a Cool Head: With lots of people at your local unemployment office waiting to be seen it’s easy to get frustrated and loose you cool. Remember that counselors are there to assist you. Keeping a cool head and being courteous will help speed the process along.

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