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Unemployment safety net expires for thousands

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Unemployment safety net expires for thousands

AP News Reporting

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Thousands of people in Washington State lost their extended federal unemployment benefits this weekend.

The U.S. budget passed last week didn’t include another extension for those benefits.

Sheryl Hutchison with the Washington State Employment Security Department says it’s unfortunate that the program is ending because many people who lost their jobs in the recession still haven’t found work.

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The extended federal benefits had kicked in after people used up their 26 weeks of state jobless benefits.

Hutchison says unemployed people who haven’t used up their state benefits should look hard for work because there is no safety net when those benefits run out.

More than 25,000 people in Washington use unemployment benefits.