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Shared-Work Program Helps Businesses Avoid Layoffs

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- A program offered by the Employment Security Department helps businesses avoid layoffs. And the results prove it's making a big impact.

Over 97% of the employers who used Washington's Shared-Work Program last year said they would recommend it for other businesses.

Dayco Heating and Air Conditioning in Kennewick uses the program to help support employees when their volume of business slows during their off-season.

Workers get financial support when they're putting in fewer hours to make up for their lost wages.

In Benton and Franklin Counties 25 businesses use the program helping more than 130 local employees.

"It makes it better for them and for their families that they're not going to go without. It makes it better for us that we're not losing key employees that are valuable to the company," said Ken Day. Dayco Heating and Air Conditioning.

Across the state the program saved 19,000 jobs and $12 million in unemployment benefits.

The program is permanent to help businesses in slumps no matter what the economy is like.

Participation in the program doubled during the recession, but as the economy recovers businesses will likely depend less on the service.

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