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Unemployment in WA State Sets New Record

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WASHINGTON STATE-- Unemployment claims in Washington State have hit a record. In the month of December more than 90, 000 people applied for unemployment benefits. That is 75 percent more than last year. 

During the holiday week, December 21st through December 27th more than 25,000 people applied for unemployment.

Benefits are paid out of the state's unemployment insurance trust fund. Fortunately the fund's balance is more than $4 billion and is supposed to be one of the strongest unemployment funds in the nation.

"Those that are coming through that have been laid off for the most part I would say the main reason is there's not enough work, whatever industry it is and so the business has had to make a difficult choice of reducing the number of employees at least for a while," said Candice Bluechel, Worksource in Kennewick.