Gov. Chris Gregoire signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday authorizing the state to increase temporary federal benefits by $25 a week.
The money is technically available next week. But the state unemployment agency won't be able to reprogram their system until May. So people receiving the extra payments will get a retroactive lump sum payment at that time.
The combined state and federal jobless increases will raise the minimum weekly unemployment benefit amount from $129 to $225, as of May 3. The maximum benefit will increase from the current $541 to $611 per week.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Washington State's jobless to get $25/week extra in unemployment insurance
According to the AP people unemployed in Washington State will see $25/week more in unemployment insurance compensation beginning in May, 2009.