Washington State Unemployment Insurance (UI) is an option for unemployed residents who have lost employment through no fault of their own. The State provides benefits in the form of UI assistance set by both Federal and State law.

Washington State Unemployment Insurance Report

UI amounts are determined by the amount you were earning before being laid off. Keep in mind, there are requirements to qualify to begin with, like how many weeks you worked at your previous job.

State benefits are generally offered for a 26 week maximum. It is important to note that when the rate is higher than usual, unemployed residents can qualify for an extension. The State will compensate you for 50% percent of the wage amount you've previously earned (in most cases).

In Washington, unemployed workers are expected to continue to search for new employment
in order to maintain eligibility

Unemployment Insurance Washington State

Requirements for compensation amounts and lengths of benefits depend on the current rate. Full detail on all requirements in regards to receiving compensation can be found on the WA State claims page.

Unemployment Insurance in Washington State

Unemployment Insurance Washington

Those who have exhausted all original benefits are entitled to extended benefits or extension IF the rate is higher than usual.

Under these circumstances, the basic extended benefits program in actually provides up to 13 extra weeks of compensation. As of 2012, WA has implemented a voluntary program to compensate another 7 weeks all the way up to 20 weeks at maximum. See the eligibility section for additional information.