If you've lost your job, get help retooling for a new one

Learn about unemployment benefits, worker retraining programs, resume writing and job openings at Washington's one-stop career centers, WorkSource. 

Find a WorkSource location near you.

Connect with the Employment Security Department to see if you might qualify for any of the programs below. Then visit your local WorkSource Center to apply.

  • Unemployment Insurance (UI) can help if you have become unemployed through no fault of your own. Visit a WorkSource Center or apply online.
  • Workforce Investment Act programs help everyone from low-income youth and adults who need additional education and job skills, to laid off workers needing to retrain. To see if you qualify, go to a WorkSource Center.
  • Training Benefits are extra UI benefits paid to workers who have lost their jobs and are attending approved full-time vocational training programs. You may receive Training Benefits through the state's Employment Security Department after you run out of your regular benefits. Visit a WorkSource Center or apply online to see if you qualify. Or, call 1-877-600-7701.
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance helps eligible workers who have lost a job because of foreign trade. To see if you qualify, check out this link or go to your local WorkSource Center

Worker Retraining, offered directly by community and technical colleges and some private vocational schools, can help pay tuition, books, fees, and related expenses if you lost your job due to economic changes or are receiving Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Contact the school directly to see if you are eligible. 

Explore Division of Vocational Rehabilitation or Department of Services for the Blind if you have a disability.

Figured out what you qualify for? Now go get the education and training you need.