$2.1 billion in unemployment benefits paid in Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than $2.1 billion has been paid out to people seeking unemployment benefits in Washington state during the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 1.4 million claims filed since early March. Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine stressed that there is no concern about unemployment benefits running out. Those benefits currently include additional money from a federal economic rescue package that adds an additional $600 a week in jobless aid on top of what recipients receive from the state. That package also adds an additional 13 weeks of benefits beyond the 26 weeks offered in Washington state.