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The Department of Employment Services (DOES) and the American Job Centers will be closed on Friday, September 27, 2019 for Professional Development Training.
DOES and the American Job Centers will resume their regular schedule on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 8:30 am.

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Start Your Unemployment Compensation Process

Filing New or Current Claims

Visit DCNetworks and select Claim Unemployment Benefit for the following

Federal Government Shutdown Documents:

Claimant's Rights and Responsibilities Handbook (English, Spanish) [PDF]

Managing Your Account

Unemployment Insurance Information for Employers

General Benefits Information

More Information

Need some help?

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

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 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.

Find a Job - Visit

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