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    ct unemployment office2 Washington State Unemployment OfficesIf you have been recently unemployed and money is becoming tight, it is a good idea to apply for unemployment benefits. If you have been laid off due to your employer’s lack of work, you will likely qualify for unemployment checks. The amount you can get varies, but I am sure you know that when you have no cash coming in regularly, any amount helps drastically.
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    If you are wondering where and how to apply for unemployment, you should visit one of your local state offices, or, http://www.esd.wa.gov/. Personally I recommend going to the website first, but if you would prefer to go to an office, read on.

    The state of Washington does not have an entire office dedicated to unemployment. Instead, they have a number of general information offices, and they have a call in center. If you are looking to apply for benefits, file your weekly claims, or ask a question about benefits, you can call 800-318-6022.
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    istock 000002051445xsmall Washington State Unemployment OfficesYou can also visit one of the many WorkSource offices. WorkSource can help you with unemployment, and help you find a new job. Note that in order to apply for unemployment benefits in Washington State you MUST call the TeleCenter at 800-318-6022.
    For Kitsap county, visit
    1300 Sylvan Way
    Bremerton, WA 98310.
    For Clallam county, visit
    228 W 1st St., Suite A
    Port Angeles, WA 98362-2639
    For Jefferson county, visit
    207 W. Patison
    Shold Business Park
    Port Hadlock, Wa 98339
    For Greys Harbor county, visit
    511 W. Heron
    P.O. Box 1136
    Aberdeen, WA 98520
    For Lewis county, visit
    151 NE Hampe Way
    Chehalis WA 98532
    For Pacific county, visit
    2601 North Pacific Hwy
    P.O. Box 876
    Long Beach, WA 98631
    For Mason county, visit
    2505 Olympic Hwy N
    Suite 420
    Shelton, WA. 98584
    For Thurston county, visit
    1570 Irving St SW
    P.O. Box 9765
    Tumwater WA, 98512

    If your county is not listed here, visit https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/worksource/StaticContent.aspx?Context=WSDirectorySeeker. Once there, click on your county on the map and it will give you the office’s address, phone number, and other contact information.

    If you are having trouble finding your location, visiting http://www.mapquest.com/ can help tons. MapQuest is a completely free, comprehensive database of directions. From the homepage you can type in your home address and the address you want to reach. You will then receive turn by turn directions to your exact destination, all free of charge! It is a phenomenal resource and you should use it whenever you need to.

    I highly recommend visiting http://www.esd.wa.gov/index.php before you do anything else. The website is loaded with very helpful info, including the benefits you will receive when you are on unemployment, how to apply, etc. It also lists quite a few helpful tips on how to get approved, such as what you need to do before applying. You can also learn how much you will be receiving weekly from unemployment benefits. In my opinion using this website is much easier than going to a WorkSource office, especially since you cannot actually apply at the offices.

    You can apply online by going directly to: https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/uia/icintro/intropage.aspx?lang=en-us and filling out the required information. This is the fastest and easiest way to apply besides calling the TeleCenter directly at 800-318-6022.

    If you don’t want to waste your time, do some research first. Look around the Employment Security Department website and see if you will qualify or not. If you were laid off by your employer in a mass lay off you are pretty much a shoo-in for benefits. However, if you quit or were fired for incompetence, you will most likely not qualify, but you may, so you should still apply.

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