District Of Columbia Unemployment

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for unemployment compensation, you must meet the following wage requirements:

  • You must have wages in at least two quarters of the base period.
  • You must have at least $1,300 in wages in one quarter of the base period.
  • You must have at least $1,950 in wages for the entire base period.
  • Your total base period wages must be at least one-and-a-half times the wages in your highest quarter, or be within $70 of that amount.

In addition to wage requirements, you must also meet the following requirements:

  • You must be unemployed through no fault of your own.
  • You must be available for work. This means that you must be ready and willing to accept work considered suitable for you because of your past training, education, or experience.
  • You must be physically able to work. You cannot collect benefits while you are sick, injured, or disabled.
  • You must make at least two job contacts each week.
  • You must make a personal and continuing effort each week to attain gainful employment, using methods that are customary for your occupation. (You may be asked by your Employment Services Center to demonstrate your work search activities, so you should keep a record of such efforts.)
 

Find Out If You Are Eligible For Unemployment   Click this link to find out: Am I Eligible To Collect Unemployment Benefits?

Have Your Benefits Run Out?   Click this link to find out how to get an unemployment extension: Unemployment Extension

Leaving the Military

If you are unemployed after leaving the US military, you must provide the "Member Requests Copy 4" of your form DD-214, "Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty."

http://www.does.dc.gov/does/cwp/view,a,1232,q,537869.asp

How do I file for unemployment benefits?

When applying for unemployment benefits, you must first determine the base period of your claim. Use the following table:

If your claim is filed in the first full week of the month of:      Your base period is the 12-month period ending the previous: 

  • January/February/March  September 30
  • April/May/June December 31
  • July/August/September March 31
  • October/November/December June 30

Base period wages may be from DC employers, the DC Government, the Federal Government, and the US Military, or from employers in other states.

Determining Eligibility

To be eligible for unemployment compensation, you must meet the following wage requirements:

  • You must have wages in at least two quarters of the base period.
  • You must have at least $1,300 in wages in one quarter of the base period.
  • You must have at least $1,950 in wages for the entire base period.
  • Your total base period wages must be at least one-and-a-half times the wages in your highest quarter, or be within $70 of that amount.

In addition to wage requirements, you must also meet the following requirements:

  • You must be unemployed through no fault of your own.
  • You must be available for work. This means that you must be ready and willing to accept work considered suitable for you because of your past training, education, or experience.
  • You must be physically able to work. You cannot collect benefits while you are sick, injured, or disabled.
  • You must make at least two job contacts each week.
  • You must make a personal and continuing effort each week to attain gainful employment, using methods that are customary for your occupation. (You may be asked by your Employment Services Center to demonstrate your work search activities, so you should keep a record of such efforts.)

Reasons for Disqualification

You may be disqualified from receiving benefits for any of the following reasons:

  • Voluntary departure from your last employer without good cause connected with the work
  • Discharge by your last employer for gross misconduct
  • Discharge by your last employer for misconduct other than gross misconduct
  • Refusal to apply for, or accept, suitable work without good cause
  • Participation in a labor dispute other than a lockout
  • Inability to work or unavailability for work
  • Failure to register as directed with the Job Service
  • Failure to report as directed
  • Failure to participate in reemployment services
  • Failure to attend a training course recommended by the Department of Employment Services
  • Not being authorized to work, if you are an alien
  • A reasonable assurance of continuing employment*

Unemployment Office Contact Information

Mailing Address

Dept. of Employment Services

Government of the District of Columbia

64 New York Avenue NE

Suite 3000

Washington, DC 20002

Online

Email

does@dc.gov

Website:

http://does.dc.gov

By Phone

Phone: (202) 724-7000

Fax: (202) 673-6993

TDD/TYY: (202) 673-6994

Office Hours

8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except District holidays

http://app.dc.gov/apps/about.asp?page=htru\u0026type=dsf\u0026referrer=%5b$DSF_SERVER_NAME$%5d\u0026agency_id=1017\u0026doesNav=|32060|

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Comments  

 
# Shanna M. 2010-08-26 11:37
Hello,

I need to send a copy of my id and social security card to the integrity unit, may you please provide me with the appropriate fax number.

Thank you,

Shanna
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# Autumn 2010-09-08 13:43
Hi,

If you are collecting unemployment, can you have a part-time job? How much money can you make before you start having deductions? Will I loss my unemployment working part-time?

Thank you!!
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# Teneisha 2011-01-03 08:51
I am trying to file my weekly claim. They are asking me for a password. I was not issued or given the optio to pick a password. How do i fix this?
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# edson 2011-03-04 10:35
what is the address to the dc unemployment office ? and my benefits is about to expire here in maryland the 6th of march i have wages available in dc, so when can i file for that ?
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# edson 2011-03-04 10:39
not sur if you got first one. my question WHAT'S THE ADDRESS OF DC UNEMPLOMENT OFFICE ? AND my maryland benefits is about to expire the 6th of the march and i think i have wages available in dc when can i flie for that and how ?
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# Tyler 2012-06-06 13:26
If i have been working for a job for 2 months but im not getting no hours could unemployment give me the rest
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# Nate E 2013-10-11 11:15
How can I get a form 193 from the benefits Monetary office for district of Columbia department of employment compensation?

I cannot get thru by phone & I cannot find form 193 online.
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# Nate 2013-10-11 11:22
I need to obtain DOES form 193 for appealing a decision by the DC department of unemployment services' office of unemployment comnesation monetary determination.

I called the department & I can't get through. I cannot find the form online.

Any help would be appreciated.
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