The state Unemployment Security Department projects that an estimated 449 people on the Twin Harbors will lose their unemployment benefits after today, Communications Director Sheryl Hutchison confirmed Thursday.
The benefits will end because the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program expires as of Dec. 28, she added.
The department estimates 378 unemployment recipients in Grays Harbor County and 71 in Pacific County will lose their benefits. All told, some 25,000 people statewide will lose benefits with the expiration.
The federal emergency unemployment extension program was allowed to expire in the latest Congressional budget. It has been in effect for much of the recession and has been renewed even after expiring several times. There is no word as to whether the long-term benefits will be extended again.
Grays Harbor County’s unemployment rate, in double digits all year, just nudged up to 11.3 percent in November.
Pacific County’s went up to 10.4 percent, and has hit double digits in every month but two of the eleven months reported so far this year. They are two of the counties hardest hit by unemployment in the state.