You've lost your job, what's next?
It’s a big shock to lose your job, but how you react makes all the difference. The first step is to apply for unemployment benefits.
The fastest way to apply is online at esd.wa.gov (24 hours a day). You also can apply by phone at 800-318-6022 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Have the following information with you when you apply online or by phone.
- Your Social Security number.
- Names and addresses of all your employers for the past two years.
- Dates you worked (use your best estimate if you don’t have exact dates).
- The reason you became unemployed.
- If you are not a U.S. citizen, have your employment authorization and expiration date.
Union members, former military personnel and federal employees may need to provide additional information.
Are you a dislocated worker?
You may be a dislocated worker if you lost your job and one or more of these things is true about you:
You have been terminated, laid off, or received a "notice of termination or layoff" and are unlikely to return to your usual occupation or industry because of:
- A permanent plant closure;
- A substantial layoff;
- Foreign competition; and
- Lack of demand for your skills.
You are self-employed, but the economy or a natural disaster has put you out of work. Examples include farmers, ranchers, fishermen, etc. (Probably ineligible for unemployment benefits.)
You are a displaced homemaker who is either unemployed or working a job that does not support your household. (Probably ineligible for unemployment benefits.)
Understanding Dislocated Worker Programs?
Depending on the type of job you had or where you live, dislocated worker resources may vary. Use the links on the left to learn more about available programs and services. The best way to find out if you qualify for the dislocated worker program is to visit a WorkSource center.
What if I’m not a dislocated worker?
WorkSource can still help! Our staff can help you search for work, assess and build your skills, explore careers and connect with employers. Be sure to take full advantage of our services during this difficult time.