Slight dip in initial jobless claims, weekly bonus expires

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — As a $600 weekly bonus to those seeking unemployment benefits in Washington during the coronavirus pandemic expired, the state saw a slight dip in new weekly claims. To date, the state has paid more than $8.7 billion in benefits, two thirds of which is federal money that is providing the unemployed with an additional $600 a week on top of the state’s weekly maximum benefit of up to $790 per week. That $600 weekly bonus is technically set to expire Friday, but the cutoff was effectively last Saturday owing to how states process payments.  Congress has not been able to reach agreement on an extension, with the Democratic U.S. House wanting to continue the weekly boost at the same amount and the Republican Senate proposing to scale back the extra aid.