Layoff-avoidance program sets new record for saving jobs
OLYMPIA – More than 32,000 Washington workers kept earning a paycheck in 2010, thanks to the Employment Security Department’s Shared-Work Program – that’s up from the record 22,000 saved jobs in 2009.
2010: Another record-setting year for unemployment claims
OLYMPIA – More than a half-million Washington workers collected nearly $4.7 billion in unemployment benefits in 2010 – eclipsing records set in 2009.
Emergency unemployment benefits reauthorized
OLYMPIA – Thousands of Washington’s jobless workers may continue to receive up to 99 weeks of benefits, now that Congress and the president have reauthorized a federal unemployment benefits program that expired last month.
Economy remains in a holding pattern
OLYMPIA – Washington’s employment situation saw little change in November. The jobless rate held steady at 9.2 percent and job numbers remained flat, with a modest gain of an estimated 100 jobs over the month. (October’s rate was revised from 9.1 percent to 9.2 percent after more analysis.)
Unemployment benefits to drop by $25 a week for many
OLYMPIA – About 150,000 jobless workers in Washington will take a pay cut next week with the expiration of a federal stimulus program that added $25 to weekly benefit checks.
2011 unemployment tax rate reflect recession's depth
OLYMPIA – Most employers’ unemployment-insurance tax rates are increasing for the second year in a row due to an economic downturn that has set new records for unemployment benefits paid to jobless workers.
Streak of private-sector gains continues
OLYMPIA – Washington’s economy tallied its fifth consecutive month of private-sector job gains in October, while the unemployment remained at 9.1 percent. The September rate was revised from an estimated 9 percent to 9.1 percent.
Technology investments paying off for those on unemployment
OLYMPIA – Unemployment claimants have spent about 15 million fewer minutes – or about 28 years – holding phones to their ears so far this year, thanks to Employment Security’s new “virtual hold” option.