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File and Collect Washington D.C. Unemployment

You may have heard about Washington D.C.'s unemployment benefits system, but not known who exactly was eligible, how much you could receive, what was necessary to qualify, or even who to contact. Understanding the basics of what unemployment is and how to collect unemployment is the first step in determining whether or not you qualify to receive benefits. Unemployment benefits are cash payments that are meant to help you financially when you have been laid off from your job through no fault of your own. It is meant to be a temporary benefit, and you need to prove to the state that you are actively looking for a new job at the state's request.

Washington D.C.'s unemployment office is called the Unemployment Compensation Program, administered by the Department of Employment Services. To file for unemployment, you must go through this agency and this agency alone. Those interested in filing for unemployment should first go to the Department's website, at https://does.dcnetworks.org/claimantservices/. At this website, you can create a new account and file a claim by following the onscreen instructions. Filing for unemployment is very simple and streamlined, and the Department itself states that it is meant to be a stress-free experience for both new filers and repeat filers alike.

If you qualify for unemployment, you will be able to collect monetary benefits. The amount you collect will depend on the wages you made when you were employed, and can vary from $50 to $359 per week. You receive a percentage of the amount you earned in your job, not your full salary. Additionally, deductions will automatically be taken from your benefit amount if you owe child support. After making your initial filing, you will also need to file unemployment certifications on a weekly basis. These certifications inform the Department about whether you have received any income in the past week, and thus let them know whether they should adjust your unemployment benefits to take those earnings into account.

Filing unemployment claims is not hard, it just requires a little time spent online to make your initial filing, and then weekly unemployment filings to continue receiving benefits. All of this can be done from the comfort of your own home or anywhere you have access to a computer with the internet. If you have lost your job because of the struggling economy, look into Washington D.C. unemployment benefits to help you pay your bills until you can find replacement work.

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