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.