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Washington Unemployment Phone Numbers

Sometimes you just have to talk to a live person to get answers to your questions.

Be prepared for long waits because lots of people try to do the same thing that you are. Be patient and you will get through to someone who can help you. Even though it is frustrating to wait so long, please be courteous and polite. The staffers on the other line are over-worked and are doing everything they can to help all of the people.

  1. To apply for your initial claims you can call claims center at 800-318-6022 (toll free), TTY 800-365-8969.
  2. Submit questions about unemployment benefits eligibility, the application process, receiving your check, filing a weekly claim, qualifying for special benefits or overpayment, call at 800-318-6022, TTY 800-365-8969
  3. Disagree with a benefits decision? You can appeal (in writing) by Fax: 800-301-1795
  4. To arrange repayment of benefits you’re not entitled to receive call at 866-697-4831, TTY 800-207-0882 or Fax- 360-902-9270
  5. For Job opportunities with Employment Security, Fax: 360-902-9239
  6. To report benefits cheaters: 866-266-1987, option 2, Fax: 360-407-3378 or 360-407-3379 (western Washington), 509-893-7087 (eastern Washington)

Questions & Answers

  1. leticia Traya-Storms says:

    My initial claim will end in 3 weeks. Do I qualify for more unemployment benefits? There is a statement on website that you no longer have extended benefits. May I apply for another claim? What are my options after I finish claiming on my initial claim?

    Leticia Traya-Storms

    • Martin says:

      Please note there is no federal extension available.

      Also, UI benefits are not revolving in nature. You can only receive them for one full cycle. You may call the Unemployment Office for further information.

  2. dennis patterson says:

    I did something wrong and was not able to apply correctly for last weeks benefits.I do not know what number to push to get to talk to a real person at 800-318-6022. What can I do?

  3. ALE says:

    I am required to contact three places a week to inquire about jobs while I am on unemployment. My question is, What if I contact a company on week 1 about a position and then week 3 they call me for an interview… Can I claim the contact for both weeks since one week it was an inquiry and the third week it was them calling for the interview? I am confused if them calling and me going to an interview would count as a contact for later weeks since I already logged them the first week as a place I inquired?

    • Martin says:

      You can call the claims center on the phone numbers provided for precise information in this regard.

  4. Clarence J Copeland says:

    I tried to apply online for veneer benefits and missed the fax number for where to send my DD214 so I have opened my claim again and can not find the fax number, also have been unable to contact any one about getting the fax number please help.

  5. Scott says:

    How do you speak to a live person aka the claims center? The number listed is a strictly automated phone number now.

    • Martin says:

      Please let us know the phone number you called.

      More numbers can be found on the official website of the Unemployment Office in your state.

      • Scott says:

        I’ve looked, even google searched (how I found this website) and have found no other phone numbers available on the website. I went back and checked FAQ’s, contact us, and everything. 800-318-6022 is what I called.

        • Martin says:

          Well, in that case, please check the office locations in the vicinity and see if you want to visit the nearest office.

  6. Tracie Kelly says:

    I submitted my application via fax. When I signed into my online account, it appears you are asking fore more paperwork, but I’m not sure what. Please contact me by phone at (253) 232-3160 so I may streighten this out.

    Thank you.

  7. christy roberts says:

    i was denied & letter said to call if I get terminated. i was temintaed last Thursday February 27th & I have been tryingt o call and report it, but cant get through on 1-800-318-6022

  8. SteveN says:

    I have been working as a contract employee. When I fill out my application do I provide the name of the contract agency or the company who was paying for my services. One contract agency it out of state, but the compant was a local company.

  9. Sandra Reider says:

    How do I get a printout list of all payments (individually by week) received since I applied for unemployment?

  10. C Delohi says:

    As a furloughed federal employee, do we have the same job search requirements as posted here?

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