Washington Unemployment Weekly Claims
After you file your application for unemployment benefits, you must begin filing your weekly claims. You need to file every week, even if you are:
- Waiting for a decision about benefits
- Waiting for your claim to become valid
- Appealing a denial of benefits
Note: You can file your weekly claims only from one of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands or Canada. This is because you must be obtainable to report in person to a local employment office for reemployment services when asked to do so.
Filing Weekly Claim
You can file a weekly claim any time beginning at 12:01 a.m. Sunday to 5 p.m. of the last working day of the week – this is usually Friday, unless there is a state holiday. You cannot claim a week of benefits until the week ends. All weeks end at midnight on Saturday night. Sunday is the first day you can file for the week that has just ended. If you do not file your weekly claims on time, you may lose your benefits.
Series of questions are asked when you file. Be sure you get the “your claim has been accepted” message after you answer all questions. If you hang up or disconnect before receiving this message, your claim was not accepted and you must file again.
You need a PIN to file your weekly claim, change your address, check the status of your payments or set up direct deposit.