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Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment Insurance/Benefits provides assistance during the loss of wages due to a layoff, suspension, leave of absence, or termination.  Benefits will vary depending on the Employment Security Department's decision.

To be eligible to receive unemployment benefits, you must have worked 680 hours of covered employment in your base year to meet the initial requirements to qualify for a claim.

To file your claim you will need to have the following information with you:

• Your Social Security Number

• The names, business mailing addresses and telephone numbers of all your employers since the beginning of this month two year ago (for Washington).  (example today is 4/12/2011, you will need to have information since 4/1/2009).  For Montana and Oregon see sites below.

• The dates you worked for each employer (month, day and year required).

• The approximate gross monthly pay from each employer.

To receive these benefits, as soon as possible, apply within the first week of becoming unemployed.  For Washington residents apply at the Washington State Employment Security Department.  For Montana residents apply for unemployment at Montana Department of Labor and Industry. For Oregon residents please apply at the Oregon Unemployment Insurance Site

Click here for Local Employment Office locations.

Note: You must apply in the state in which you are working.


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Last update on September 16, 2013