Jobless Benefits

Unemployment
4:01 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Long-Term Unemployed Face End Of Benefits

FILE - A job seeker grabs a flyer advertising a job at Orange County One Stop Center in Westminster, Calif., Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.
Jae C. Hong Associated Press

Unemployment benefits are about to run out for tens of thousands of Northwesterners. Without a Congressional extension, payments will stop later this month to people who've been without a job for more than six months.

The holiday season will mean an end to unemployment checks for about 1.3 million Americans, including about 45,000 jobless in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. State benefits are still intact, but those last no more than six months. These cuts affect people who, in some cases, have been looking for work for more than a year.

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budget negotiations
8:26 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Murray: Budget Deal Better than Sequestration for Wash. State

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash.
J. Scott Applewhite Associated Press

Sen. Patty Murray says the deal she reached with Republican Rep. Paul Ryan will spare Washington state residents from another round of across-the-board budget cuts—welcome news to researchers at the University of Washington.

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Out of work
5:33 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Unemployed workers to be pushed off their own 'fiscal cliff'

thinkprogress.org

Up to 60,000 people in Washington will lose their unemployment benefits at the end of the month. That’s because a federal  program, called Emergency Unemployment Compensation, is set to expire.

The federal government has often been on the verge of cutting off extended unemployment benefits only to renew them at the last minute.  Since the recession hit, the U.S. Congress has voted 10 times to continue the extended benefits program.

But Sherlyl Hutchison, spokeswoman for the Washington’s Employment Security Department, says there’s no indication that will happen this time.

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Jobless benefits
6:00 am
Fri July 29, 2011

State nabbing innocent job seekers in unempoyment crackdown?

Creating and maintaining the proper paperwork while collecting unemployment can sometimes be harder than it seems. Nevertheless, some innocent job seekers say they've been caught up in the state's unemployment crackdown.
Solo Flickr

Recently, Washington's Employment Security Department sent out a news release announcing it had identified 9,000 people in 2010 who were not actively seeking work. The state said the individuals would have to pay back $23 million in benefits.

But those claims of jobless benefit fraud may be overstated.

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Washington's Economy
7:09 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

End of emergency unemployment benefits means final checks for thousands in Washington

Nearly 100,000 unemployed people in Washington were on emergency benefits before the federal program expired. There are five job seekers for every open position. The national unemployment rate is 9.6%.
Flickr, by khalilshah

Nearly 100,000 people in Washington will get letters this week, letting them know how soon their unemployment benefits will run out.  Emergency assistance for the long-term jobless has expired.  

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Jobless Benefits
1:32 pm
Mon November 29, 2010

Unemployment checks delayed by work on state computers

Job seekers at a 2009 employment fair. Some people expecting to receive unemployment checks from the state's Employment Security office may find them delayed by a couple of days due to computer work that's taken longer than expected.
AP

A massive computer programming project is putting a slight delay on some unemployment checks in Washington.

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