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How Do I File for Unemployment Insurance?

File an Application for Unemployment Benefits on-line

To get instructions on filing a new claim for unemployment insurance benefits or reopening an existing claim, call the appropriate number listed below.
You can also use the Internet to apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits, over a secure connection at

To apply for benefits by telephone, you will need:

  • Your Social Security Number.
  • The name and address of your very last employer, regardless of how long you worked there or what type of work you did.
  • The date you last worked.
  • The names and addresses of all your other employers during the last two years.
  • The dates you worked.
  • If you were in the military during the last two years, your DD214, member copy 4.
If you were a federal employee in the last two years, your Standard Form 8 (SF8), Notice To Federal Employees About Unemployment Insurance, and Standard Form 50 (SF50), Notice of Personnel Action,

Seattle Local:
Español Seattle Local: 206-766-6000
Tacoma Local:
Español Tacoma Local: 253-396-3500
Spokane Local:
Español Spokane Local: 509-893-7000
All Other Areas: 800-362-4636
Español de toda otra región: 800-360-2271
Hearing or Speech Impaired (TDD) 800-365-8969

Don't wait to apply, even if you don't have all the information. The first week of an unemployment insurance claim is normally the waiting period and no benefits can be paid for that week -- however the waiting period can't begin until the claim is filed.

If you've already filed your application and you have been asked to send additional information, documents, forms, etc., to your TeleCenter or Adjudication Center, see the How to Contact Your Telecenter page.

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