Unemployment Insurance Benefits on Rebound

By Steve Jackson

Some Washington state residents will see a reactivation of their unemployment insurance benefits. The change will affect those who used up what are known as tier 2 benefits after august 10th.

The change comes because Washington’s unemployment rate ticked up a notch in October. The Employment Security department’ Sheryl Hutchison says the agency suspects there could be a specific reason for the unemployment jump. She says "August was 7 percent, September was 6.9 percent, then October rose to 7 percent." Hutchison says they can't say for sure that the government shut down was entirely responsible, "but probably contributed to that rise."

The increase in unemployment benefits means some of those out of work in the state will again be eligible for what are known as Tier 3 benefits.

Hutchison: “Nearly 11 thousand people have run out of benefits through tier 2 since august 10th. That’s when Tier 3 was shut off, but now it’s coming back and they can claim starting the week of December 8th.”

Hutchison says the state will be contacting those people who are eligible to receive this extension. More information is available at the Employment Security Department website.
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