What Do You Need to Take to the Washington State Unemployment Office for a Claim?


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In order to apply for unemployment benefits in Washington State in 2015, a person must provide their Social Security number, their name and date of birth as well as employment history during the past 18 months. Applications for unemployment compensation may be completed online but in some cases must be completed by telephone.

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The 18-month employment history includes the names and contact information for all employers during that period, as well as the start and end dates for a person's employment. Other information such as union affiliation or work permit information is also required to process unemployment applications. There are other forms necessary to apply if a person is a former federal government employee or member of the U.S. military.

As of 2015, there are no physical unemployment offices in the state of Washington. The preferred method of application is through the state unemployment website. Applying by phone is required in some circumstances, such as if a person has more recent employers than the online application has fields.

After the initial unemployment application is accepted a person must file a weekly claim in order to be paid. Filing weekly for unemployment compensation counts against a pre-determined maximum allotted time period.

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