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Unemployment Benefit Boost 6/27/2011
If you file for unemployment benefits after this weekend you are going to receive a few more dollars every week, not many but every dollar counts.

The Washington State Unemployment Security Department says the minimum weekly benefit will go up $3 to $138 and the maximum benefit will go up $13 to $583.

The benefits are calculated as a percentage of the average annual wage in the state. That went up about 2 percent last year to about $930 a week or more than $48,000 a year. The department says the increase was not caused only by pay raises but also by the elimination of lower-paying jobs.

The increases in benefits will be paid for by increases in the unemployment taxes that businesses pay and in worker's compensation costs.