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WASHINGTON STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT SAYS 'THE CHECKS ARE IN THE MAIL'

 WASHINGTON STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT
 SAYS 'THE CHECKS ARE IN THE MAIL'
 OLYMPIA, Wash., Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Unemployment Insurance checks were mailed Tuesday to more than 100 claimants who had previously exhausted their benefits, according to Employment Security Commissioner Vernon Stoner.
 The checks were the first Emergency Unemployment Compensation payments being made under a new federal law that grants 13 weeks of extended benefits to an estimated 20,000 unemployed workers who exhausted their regular benefits after March 1.
 "Getting payments to claimants as soon as possible is a top priority, especially at this time of the year," said Stoner. "Department staff worked the last two weekends to develop the system to pay benefits under the new law signed by the president on Nov. 15."
 Last week, instructions, applications and claim forms were mailed to eligible claimants. Anyone who believes they are eligible who has not received a packet should contact their nearest Job Service Center.
 Today's mailing was to those claimants whose valid claim forms were returned and processed on Monday. The department will continue to process claims as they are received.
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 /CONTACT: John Welsh of the Washington State Employment Security Department, 206-753-5216/ CO: Washington State Employment Security Department ST: Washington IN: SU:


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