Some 2,800 unemployed Washington residents now receiving extended federal jobless benefits will lose those benefits on April 3.
The state’s Employment Security Department has mailed out warnings to those people, and to people who have not used up the all the benefits that they are eligible for, that the money will dry up soon, said Jerry Iyall, a department spokesman.
The temporary emergency unemployment compensation benefits have been available in Washington since March 2002. Under the program, laid-off workers received an extra 26 weeks of jobless benefits after their state benefits ran out.
The legislation expired in December, and the state has not accepted new claims under the program since then. People already enrolled were given until the week of March 28 through April 3 to phase out of the benefit program.
The changes don’t affect those receiving benefits under the closely related TEUC-A benefit program, which is targeted to workers in airline-related industries who lost their jobs as a result of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
People who have not yet used up their benefits under the TEUC-A program can continue to draw benefits until the end of this year.