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Washington Unemployment Job Search Requirements

Updated : June 12th, 2019

While obtaining unemployment benefits, you must look for suitable work and keep a job-search log. In most cases, you also must be registered for work at a WorkSource employment center.

If you are needed to seek work, you must meet job search requirements each week you claim benefits by:

  • Making employer contacts
  • Participating in job-search activities in-person at WorkSource

Make sure you do at least three total job-search activities each week. For example, make one employer contact and do two in-person job-search activities. If your job-search requirements change, you will be notified.

You make an employer contact when you ask about or apply for a specific job. You can contact an employer by:

  • Email
  • Fax
  • Internet
  • Mail
  • Phone
  • Meeting in-person
  • An employer’s self-service booth

To stay entitled for benefits, you must give your job-search log whenever asked. You must write what you did to find a job in your job-search log.

  1. My son applied for unemployment for the first time and was denied and told it was due to another Company showing up that he did not list. He had no idea what or where the info came from. He had been at the same company for a year and a half and his checks always had just one company name listed. He called the office he had worked at and they just said they didn’t know. Instead of stating this in an appeal, he thought he had to find out what was going on first so he spent his time trying to figure it out and missed the fact that there was a time limit to do the appeal. By the time he asked me to help him try to find answers I let him know there was a time limit and it was past. Neither of us knew there was anything he could do, thinking he was just out of luck at that point and had to move on. Just recently a friend of mine said she thought he could still go forward in the appeal court as long as he had a good reason for not doing the appeal on time in the first place. We still don’t know what direction to be able to do this. We are both pretty confused. Also, are there any local offices someone can go into in person to get help? Do the Work Force Offices offer this help? He is not working yet and pretty panicky that savings is gone and rent and bills are due now.

  2. I want to become interpreter. I need to become certify in order to get job. I have to wait to schedule for test month because schedule open up once a month. In meantime why do I have to look for job that doesn’t meet my requirement.

  3. If I get laid off because of no work and I get unemployment until work is available again do I still have to look for work?

    1. That person may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      If the illness is work related, the affected person can be eligible to claim Workers Comp.

    2. I would apply anyways. The worst that can happen is they say “No”. Go to the WA Unemployment website and read their documentation.

  4. What if a company will be hiring me, but the start date is two weeks away? Do I still receive unemployment, and if so, do I still have to do search activity?

    1. I am guessing you will be allowed to claim and receive until the start of employment.

      Please speak to the Unemployment Office for further instructions.

  5. I would like to know if a veteran can apply for and receive unemployment benefits while attending college/non-college degree program full time while receiving the GI Bill? Is there a program/policy that will allow them to receive the unemployment benefits without having to actively show they are looking for work…after all, they are attending school full time.

  6. I would like to know if a veteran can apply for and receive unemployment benefits while attending college/non-college degree program full time while receiving the GI Bill? Is there a program/policy that will allow them to receive the unemployment benefits without having to actively show they are looking for work…after all, they are attending school full time.
    Thank you.

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