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File for Benefits
(File a new initial claim for Unemployment Insurance benefits)
Account Sign In
(Access your account and file your weekly continued claim forms)
- Claimant's Rights and Responsibilities Handbook (English, Spanish)
Continued Claim Form – All claimants are required to file their continued claim forms on a weekly basis. You must submit your weekly claim form
between 12:00 a.m. on Sunday and 11:59 p.m. on Saturday for the prior week. The earlier in the week you file, the earlier your claim will be processed. In order
to have your claim processed on the same business day, you must submit the form before 6:00 p.m. If you file after that time, your claim will be processed on
the next business day. Continued claim forms submitted over the weekend are processed the first business day of the following week.
The system will allow you to skip one week of filing and still keep your claim open. However, if you skip two weeks of filing, your claim will go inactive, and
you will have to reopen your claim.
The District of Columbia does not allow backdating to any prior week. If you do not submit your weekly continued claim form in a timely manner as instructed,
you will be denied benefits for the period you are claiming.
FEDERAL CLAIMS - All federal government employees who were laid off due to the change in administration must file their initial claims over the phone by calling
(202) 724-7000 or online through this page. If you did not work in the District of Columbia (or your duty station was not located within the District of Columbia) between
October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016, you cannot file an unemployment
insurance claim in the District of Columbia. Please contact the State where you worked during
this period to file your unemployment claim.
Upon filing an unemployment application, you will need to download a Claimant Affidavit of Federal Civilian Services, Wages and Reasons for Separation ,as
well as provide your W-2 for 2015, your last two pay stubs from 2016, and if available your Standard Form 50 (SF-50) and Standard Form 8 (SF-8) to ensure timely
processing of your claim.
If you do not know your 3-digit federal agency code, please click here.
For more information regarding filing a federal unemployment claim due to the change in administration, please click here.
New Identity Verification Program - Identity theft occurs every two seconds in America. To further protect the personal information of claimants from identity theft,
the District of Columbia’s Office of Unemployment Compensation has implemented a new security feature into the online application process for unemployment benefits.
During the application process, this security feature verifies personal data and authenticates a claimant’s identity by asking a series of multiple-choice questions
based on information only the claimant can answer correctly. By adding this new security feature, an extra layer of protection against identity theft is provided, and a better,
more secure customer
experience is delivered to claimants while filing for unemployment benefits online.
For detailed information regarding our Identity Verification and Authentication Program, please click the following link:
UI Identity Verification and Authentication Program FAQ.
Weekly Benefit Amount Increase – Effective October 1, 2016, the following changes were implemented to the District of Columbia Unemployment
1. The Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount was increased from $359 to $425 for all initial claims filed on October 2, 2016 and after.
2. All claimants who filed an initial claim on October 2, 2016 or after, and were found monetarily eligible for Unemployment Compensation benefits, are receiving a
standard 26 weeks of benefits.
3. All claimants who are currently receiving unemployment benefits as of October 1, 2016, may be eligible for a monetary redetermination to receive a higher
weekly benefit amount.
4. All Claimants who report their earnings from part-time or temporary work on their weekly certification form for the week ending October 1, 2016 and after,
will receive a partial payment
which deducts less from their standard weekly benefit amount.
Claimants that are working on a less than full-time basis may use the following formula to determine their adjusted weekly benefit amount:
a) Add $50 to the weekly benefit amount;
b) Then subtract sixty-six (66) percent of the gross weekly wages;
c) The remainder, rounded down, is the adjusted weekly benefit amount.
Please read the FAQ. regarding the above changes.
If you have additional questions, you may contact the Unemployment Insurance Customer Navigation Center at 202-724-7000.
Work Search Requirement
- All claimants must make a concerted effort each week to find suitable employment while receiving Unemployment
Insurance benefits. Failure to conduct a thorough work search
(through seeking and applying for employment) or refusing to accept suitable work will affect your eligibility
and may result in a denial of benefits.
Click here to view the Work Search FAQ/Work Search Log.
Monetary Penalties – As federally mandated by the U.S. Department of Labor, effective October 1, 2014
all unemployment compensation payments made on or after October 21, 2013 that were determined by
the Agency to be fraudulent will be assessed a monetary penalty of 15%. This 15% penalty is to be paid
in addition to the actual amount of the fraudulent overpayment.
Claimant Services Secure Sign In:
file an Additional Claim or a ReOpen Claim, click on either
above and the system will automatically route you
to the proper pages.
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