NBCRightNow.com - The Employment Security Department is warning nearly 25,000 people in Washington will lose their unemployment benefits at the end of the month.
That's because the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (ECU) program officially ends on December 28th. Nearly 800 people in Benton County will be affected by the cuts, while 340 people in Franklin County and 1,028 people in Yakima County will lose their benefits.
Congress activated the ECU program more than five years ago to help jobless workers survive until the economy improved.
In Washington state, the program has provided about six-point-three billion dollars in unemployment benefits to more than 452-thousand jobless workers.
Employment Security is using email, robocalls and direct mail to remind EUC recipients that the program is ending.