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UI Benefits for Claimants

On October 1, 2016, three (3) significant changes to the District’s Unemployment Program went into effect: 

1. The unemployment insurance (UI) maximum weekly benefit amount (MWBA) increased from $359 to $425 per week. 
2. All claimants will receive 26 weeks of UI benefit payments.
3. The amount a claimant receives in weekly benefits for part-time work has increased. 

The following services are available for claimants who are filing an Unemployment Claim:

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 at 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 (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: Federal Agency List

For more information regarding filing a federal unemployment claim due to the change in administration, click here: 2016 Change in Administration FAQs