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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 your weekly claim either by Internet or by calling the weekly claims line on 1-800-318-6022. 

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.

  1. Your organization needs to make this more user friendly. This is ridiculous. The circle of hell. No wonder our state is as jacked up as it is. Wow.

  2. I have been approved for my backdated claim to January 21st 2018 How do i go back and claim for weeks ending 1/21/18 through 2/18/18 ?

    • James,

      Please call the Claims Center to check for availability of the option. Alternatively, you can also explore the option on your account online.

  3. Why doesn’t the website work? My account is suspended and says they have technical difficulties for over a month. The phone numberjust tells you to call back

    • Ebony,

      I can understand your situation. Wish we could help further on this issue. Website issues generally last for a very small time.

  4. I cannot get a phone number to ask why my claim has not been payed for 3 weeks?? Is there a phone number to speak top a Human??

    • I’m having a problem getting in the the website. When I log on it thinks it’s a new device so they want to call me with a code but I received a new phone number and I can’t get into my email because I forgot my pass word. I have calmed and you guy were kinda stump so is there another number I can call to reset my email/ number

      • Amber,

        You should be able to find additional contact details on the same website. Also, please browse the FAQ section (if any) for self-help.

  5. Does anyone know the other number to file a claim the 1-800-318-6022 redirected me and I didn’t hear the other number

  6. I just got a job and need to close my claim. I can’t be at a phone to call unemployment M-F to let you know. Is this message enough to let you know that I am now working?

  7. My PIN was suspended. For what or why it.eas suspended, I have no clue., I called the toll free # however, the line was very busy and the automated lady told me to call back later,then terminated the call. Is there a alternate way to get it until suspended? I, go to worksource office,. Or ?

    • I am not really sure how to obtain a PIN.

      Please call the Claims Center for further instructions in this regard.

  8. I tried to file my claim the week ending Nov. 25th however the Friday is a holiday. Do I file the following Monday? Or was I suppose to file on Wednesday before the Thanksgiving holiday?

    • I am not sure how it works in your state. Please call as usual on the designated day to check if phone lines are open for claims.

  9. I have applied for direct deposit 3 times now and I need to have my unemployment go to my bank account. What the heck do I do now. Again and again have I applied and confirmed my banking information on the phone yet nothing was sent to my account again. What to do, is my question

    • Is this a joke? You people shouldn’t be paid until you fix this bull shit. My pin was locked after I spent 2 hours waiting to talk to some one after an hour of trying to get to a person on the phone through your menu. This person said my account was ready to file and that I was denied on an auto denial response from your department. Auto denial? Really ? That’s how you help the people that keep you employed? Scum! To top it off now the web site just kicks me out to the password screen. How does this help anyone? Why is my money going to people who dont care and wont work?

    • Please note this is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim information. Call the claims center for the complaint.

  10. What can you do if the site is down (on Sunday)and makes you have to send in that claim on Monday. Your payment is not sent and your claim ignored for that week. How do you get reinstated and that payment?

    • Please note this is not a government website. Please call the claims center on the phone numbers provided for further assistance.

  11. When I filed my weekly claim it told me to call back to answer some more questions, but I can never get though?? Any help please.

    • Please try the phone numbers during off peak hours. Also check for alternate numbers on the website of the labor dept in your state.

  12. What happens if you could never get ahold of a represenitive for quite a long time to get unemployment. It got suspended becuz I did not know my pin#. Did not understand.

    • Please keep trying.

      If you do not file within the stipulated time, you will not receive compensation for that week.

  13. I have appealled twice and since my employe has terminated my employment. How doI report this when I can’t get through to anyone on phone. I need to report my termination and request benefits. i need help 1-800-318-6022 will not allow me to report this. Christy

  14. I could not file my weekly report last week due to computer system problem. Since I am missing a weekly report, the system does not allow me to file my weekly report. What should I do

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