Unemployment benefits are possible because of taxes paid by your former employer(s) to partially replace lost wages and help you maintain your quality of life while you search for another job. Unemployment benefits are intended to help those who’ve lost their jobs through no fault of their own. It’s important to remember that unemployment benefits are not based on financial need.
First of all, your application will be rejected if you did not work in Washington during the past 18 months. Furthermore, in order to receive unemployment benefits, you must demonstrate that you worked at least 680 hours your base year, and that at least some of your income was earned in Washington.
The easiest way to apply for benefits is online. While there are various resources throughout the state that can help you apply for unemployment benefits, we strongly recommend working with a trusted employment law attorney, especially if you’re considering an appeal. Employers can be ruthless, and state laws governing benefits are incredibly esoteric.