Frequently Asked Questions
What is WorkSource?
WorkSource Seattle-King County is a partnership of government, education, and community organizations that offers a unique resource for businesses and jobseekers: a "one-stop shop" for career and human resources needs. WorkSource incorporates traditional employment services with new tools and resources, including access to skills training and community services, all under one roof. Our commitment to customer service results in a friendly and helpful environment for both businesses and individuals.
What does WorkSource do?
WorkSource offers your company high-quality human resources assistance—including hiring, help during layoffs, and access to resources for business development. Many of our services are free.
If you’re looking for a job or a career change, WorkSource offers a myriad of resources, including job listings, computers, hiring events, labor market information, and workshops on various topics. One-on-one help is also available to identify training and resources to help you meet your goals.
Who is in charge of WorkSource and how is it funded?
The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, a nonprofit corporation led by a board of mostly private-sector community leaders, oversees WorkSource Seattle-King County. Funding for WorkSource services comes from federal grants, state, and local resources.
Whom does WorkSource serve and how can I get services?
WorkSource serves any job seeker or business in King County. Almost 5,000 job seekers and hundreds of businesses use WorkSource services each month. Whether you are currently unemployed, seeking to fill positions, looking for resources to succeed in business, or hoping to change careers, we invite you to visit any of our WorkSource locations, or browse our web site for hiring events and other useful resources.
Is WorkSource accessible to people with disabilities?
WorkSource Seattle King-County's award-winning resources and services for customers with disabilities include a full range of assistive technology for those with vision, hearing, and mobility impairments. Other reasonable accommodations are provided upon request.
Does WorkSource serve people with limited English proficiency?
WorkSource is committed to serving individuals with limited English. Materials are available in several different languages and many of our staff are bilingual. We are also able to arrange translation services.
Can teens and young adults use WorkSource?
WorkSource resources are helpful for any jobseeker—see #2 above for specific information. Young people are encouraged to visit the Workforce Development Council’s Youth@Work website to connect with jobs and find youth-specific tips on job searching, interviewing, exploring careers, and many other topics. Employers are invited to post jobs on Youth@Work, and can also find information about hiring and managing youth.
Where are you located?
WorkSource has 7 sites in King County to serve you. In addition, 13 WorkSource Connection sites can connect you virtually with the services and resources of the system. See our system map to find a location near you.
Can I apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits at WorkSource?
You can apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits using one of the following options:
a) Calling the Claims Center at 1-800-318-6022
b) Applying on-line at www.esd.wa.gov.
c) Visiting a WorkSource location to fax documentation to the UI office.
Whom do I contact for more information?
If you are looking for services, please explore Jobseeker Services and Business Services on this website, or drop by any WorkSource location. If you are a member of the press, please contact the Workforce Development Council (WDC) at 206-448-0474.