Topic: Employment Security Department
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December 12, 2013 at 11:27 AM
The state Employment Security Department estimates that 25,000 jobless workers in Washington will lose their unemployment benefits after Dec. 28, when the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program ends.
Congress began the program in July 2008, during the recession, and has extended it 11 times in the past five years. But a budget agreement recently reached in Congress does not include another extension.
Since the program began, $6.3 billion in benefits have been paid to more than 450,000 unemployed workers in Washington. Workers received up to 63 weeks of unemployment benefits in this state, including 26 weeks of regular benefits and 37 weeks of emergency unemployment compensation. After Dec. 28, only regular benefits will be available for most Washington workers.
Roughly half the unemployed workers affected live in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
October 11, 2013 at 12:45 PM
No information will be coming out next Wednesday about how many people are unemployed because the folks who calculate that information are, well, unemployed.
The state Employment Security Department sent out an email to that effect Friday, stating “the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics is closed and hasn’t been able to transfer the necessary data to the states. In addition, nearly all of Employment Security’s labor-market information staff has been furloughed because the federal funds that support the office have been cut off.”
According to the department, the September report was scheduled to be released Oct. 16, but will be delayed indefinitely. “Once the federal office is open again, we will learn if and when there will be a September report,” the email said.
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