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.

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.

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