Many Washingtonians worry about financial future after federal unemployment benefits expire

The benefits included Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Compensation and an additional $300 a week.

SEATTLE — People receiving federal unemployment benefits said the benefits were a “lifeline.” Now, many Washingtonians who received the benefits are worried about the next chapter of the pandemic as COVID-19 cases surge and federal unemployment benefits expire.

The Biden Administration believes the economy is strong enough not to be rattled by the end of the benefits, but some receiving the benefits argue that’s too simple as the virus continues to surge.

Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) has been working to notify people the benefits would expire the week ending

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