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.
How much is unemployment benefit in WA?
In Washington state, the maximum weekly benefit amount is $929. The minimum is $295. No one eligible for benefits will receive less than $295, regardless of their earnings. The actual amount you are eligible to receive depends on the earnings in your base year.
How long does it take to get unemployment in Washington?
A. Most unemployment-insurance applicants receive benefit checks or a decision explaining why they are not eligible within three weeks of their initial application. A small percentage of claims requires additional fact-finding, or “adjudication,” to determine if the individual is eligible for benefits.
How do I apply for pandemic unemployment assistance?
How Do I Apply?
- You should contact your state’s unemployment insurance program as soon as possible after becoming unemployed.
- Generally, you should file your claim with the state where you worked.
- When you file a claim, you will be asked for certain information, such as addresses and dates of your former employment.
Can I apply for unemployment online?
To receive unemployment insurance benefits, you need to file a claim with the unemployment insurance program in the state where you worked. Depending on the state, claims may be filed in person, by telephone, or online.
How many hours can you work and still claim unemployment in Washington?
If you did not work more than 17 hours in any week in your base period, you may need to look for only part-time work. Working part-time usually extends the number of weeks you can draw benefits. Additional earnings also may help you qualify for a new claim when your benefit year ends.
What is the difference between Pua and PEUC?
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)—An additional $600 per week, on top of regular state UI benefits and PUA benefits. Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)— An additional 13 weeks of UI benefits, beyond the regular 26 weeks that most states provide, for a total of 39 weeks of coverage.
Why is my Pua so long?
Fraud checks or additional document verification where many UI applications are being flagged has also been cited as a big reason for PUA delays/rejections. This is not surprising since may gig workers and contractors don’t have standard unemployment documentation and so require extra verification and fraud checks.
Do you have to pay back Pua unemployment?
In most situations, you won’t need to pay back unemployment benefits. If you meet the eligibility requirements, the benefits are yours. That said, there are some exceptions, such as in the event of an overpayment. You’re also usually required to pay taxes on the unemployment benefits you receive.
Do I need to file a new claim for Pua?
You do not have to complete a separate application for PUA. PUA Update – 1/30/2020: New Yorkers who are enrolled in the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program do not need to reapply for benefits if they continue to be unemployed when they reach the end of their initial benefit year.
Will Pua be extended after September 2021?
It includes further unemployment program extensions until September 6th, 2021 for the PUA, PEUC and FPUC programs originally funded under the CARES act in 2020 and then extended via the CAA COVID Relief Bill.
What information do I need to apply for unemployment?
Information Needed to Apply for Unemployment
- Your Social Security number.
- Your driver’s license or state ID card number (if you have one).
- Your complete mailing address, including street, city, state, and zip code.
- A telephone number where you can be contacted during business hours.
How do I qualify for unemployment?
When applying for unemployment benefits, you must have earned enough wages during the base period to establish a claim, and be:
- Totally or partially unemployed.
- Unemployed through no fault of your own.
- Physically able to work.
- Available for work.
- Ready and willing to accept work immediately.
How long does unemployment take to get approved?
It takes at least three weeks to process a claim for unemployment benefits and issue payment to most eligible workers. When your first benefit payment is available, you will receive a debit card in the mail.