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Applying for WA State Unemployment Benefits Online

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For Washington residents in between jobs or those looking to make a career change this year, unemployment benefits can help during that transition and the process has become easier now that they can apply online.

The Employment Security Department encourages residents to check out their website, the organization has posted a basic set of requirements online to qualify for the program.  Eligibility is generally based on your employment history, the reason you became unemployed, and your ability to work, the department says.

Before starting the application process, the department recommends having the following pieces of information at the ready: your social security number, the names and addresses of all your employers during the past two years, and the dates you worked at those places.

You can also apply by phone but the department warns that they experience high call volumes.  The phone number is 1-800-318-6022, they recommend calling on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

To apply online, visit the department's website: