Unemployment Benefits in Washington DC

Unemployment Benefits in Washington DC

Jobcase Team
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Welcome to the Jobcase resource center for unemployment in Washington DC. If you are here, you are probably trying to figure out your unemployment benefits to keep you afloat during this challenging time. Applying for unemployment benefits can be complicated, so we put together these resources to help you navigate.

What is it called?

The Washington D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) runs the city’s Unemployment Compensation (UC) program.


The fastest way to file a claim is online here.

By Phone

To file for unemployment benefits or get help with your application, call:

  • Customer Navigation Center at (202) 724-7000
  • Monday – Friday between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM

Coronavirus Updates: Please see that info here.

Info you need to apply

To apply for unemployment, you need to provide information including:

  • Your social security number
  • Your most recent 30-day employer’s name, address, phone number and dates of employment
  • Your Alien Registration Number, if you are not a US Citizen
  • Your DD214, if you are ex-military
  • Your Standard Form 8 or Standard Form 50, if you are a former federal employee
  • Severance pay information (only applicable if you did or will receive severance pay)
  • Pension

FAQ + Resources

Additional instructions for filing can be found here

Good luck, we're here to help! Information is changing quickly. Please consult the state's applicable website provided above to be sure the information is valid.

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