About 350 unemployed people in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties will likely lose their extended federal jobless benefits Dec. 28, the state’s Employment Security Department reported Thursday.
The benefits are set to expire because Congress did not include the $25 billion Emergency Unemployment Compensation program in its budget deal, announced Thursday.
Democrats fought to extend the benefits for the third year in a row, but they ended up being too costly to be included in the budget deal, according to congressional observers.
Currently, unemployed people in Washington are eligible for a total of 63 weeks of unemployment benefits. The federal cuts would drop that total to 26 weeks.
Statewide, about 25,000 Washington residents stand to lose unemployment benefits Dec. 28, according to Employment Security.
Agency workers are using email, phone calls and direct mail to inform people of the cuts.