District of Columbia

Washington D.C. Online Unemployment

In the current U.S. economy, many families struggle to achieve and maintain financial stability. The unemployment rate is relatively high in most states. Luckily, the government has federal agencies that offer monetary assistance to workers who become unemployed through no personal fault of their own. In Washington D.C., unemployed workers should contact the Department of Employment Services in regards to online unemployment filing.

Unemployment Service Online

To receive unemployment in the District of Columbia, you must be ready to work as well as willing and able to obtain work. To file for unemployment online, you will need the following information:

  • Your social security number
  • Your name, address and phone number
  • Names, addresses and contact phone numbers for all the employers you have had in the past 18 months
  • The beginning and ending dates of all employment you held in the past 18 months
  • The reasons you separated from all employers within the past 18 months (ex. quit, laid-off, etc.)
  • Form DD214 (for military service people only)
  • Alien registration number (for non-citizens of the U.S.)

The application is user-friendly and it can be completed in about 30 minutes. Most of the application questions are related to your work history. If you have any questions regarding unemployment service online, you should call customer service at (202) 724-7000.

Once you have completed your online unemployment application and submitted it, it will be processed. If your claims worker needs further information from you, they will contact you. For this reason, it is important to update the department regarding any changes in your address or phone number. You do not want to experience a delay in the timely processing of your claim because of incorrect contact information or incomplete information on your application.

Once your application has been processed, you will be notified regarding your eligibility. If deemed eligible for benefits, the department will make you aware of any further steps you must take to claim your unemployment benefits each week.

Additional Unemployment Services Online

In addition to filing for unemployment online, the Department of Employment Services website offers information on other job-related services, including but not limited to the following:

  • Job search listings
  • Information on continuing your education and training
  • Research on the current job market
  • Information on veteran’s benefits

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