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General Benefits Information

You may be disqualified from receiving benefits in the District of Columbia 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, as directed, in reemployment services.
  • Failure to attend a training course recommended by the Department of Employment Services.
  • Not being authorized to work, if you are not a US Citizen.
  • A reasonable assurance of continuing employment.

Extended Unemployment Insurance Information

There are currently two federal programs that potentially extend unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for eligible claimants. The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and Extended Benefits (EB) Programs are designed to assist claimants who have exhausted their regular UI benefits. 

The EB Program expired on June 9, 2012 due to the steady decline in the District's unemployment rate, and the District of Columbia no longer remains in a High Unemployment Period (HUP).

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Tax Relief Act of 2012 which extends the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Program for another year from January 2, 2013 to January 1, 2014.

None of the conditions of the EUC Program have changed. Congress did not add any additional weeks of benefits for claimants who have exhausted all eligibility for EUC benefits. The last payable week of EUC is the week ending Saturday, December 28, 2013. Individuals who were eligible to receive Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 benefits in the EUC Program will remain eligible to receive benefits in the new extension. Tier 4 benefits are no longer available or payable in the District of Columbia. For more information, please consult the Emergency Unemployment Compensation FAQs.

Additionally, all UI claimants are encouraged to utilize job seeker services through the DCNetworks system or one of the American Job Centers.

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Phone: Local (202) 724-7000 or Toll Free 1 (877) 319-7346

Effective immediately, the DC unemployment phone lines are open: Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-5 pm

Please call during non-peak hours—weekdays after 5 pm and all day Saturday via the automated line. Due to heavy call volume, if you call during peak hours, please be prepared for extended hold times.

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Service Contact: 
Office of Unemployment Compensation - Tax Division
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 698-7550
Contact Fax: 
(202) 673-6993
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
4th Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm