Thousands of long-term unemployed workers in the northwest will soon lose unemployment checks. It’ll happen this weekend in Oregon; two weeks later in Washington State but likely not for several more months in Idaho. The federal government won’t pay for extended benefits anymore because the jobless rates have improved.
Washington and Oregon’s employment departments announced that one emergency unemployment program is being curtailed and another is being shut down completely this month. That shortens the maximum time a worker can collect unemployment from nearly two years down to about a year and five months….