Jobless aid needed more than ever, yet it is under assault again in Olympia

Commentary | February 27, 2002 | By John Burbank | Tacoma News Tribune

In our state, only about 47 percent of unemployed workers receive benefits. And the average weekly benefit is $45 less than the poverty rate for a family with one parent and two kids. Plus, laid-off workers looking for part-time work are not eligible for unemployment compensation. But instead of addressing the needs of unemployed workers, word is leaking out of Olympia that the business community may be looking for a way to cut its unemployment compensation premiums.

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