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Employment Security sends ‘at risk’ notices to 200-plus workers; layoffs to follow ‘bumping’ over next month

The state Employment Security Department has sent out two more  rounds of “at-risk” layoff notices to hundreds of workers, part of the agency’s slim-down after the Great Recession.

All told about 400 jobs are being wiped off the books in the agency that pays out unemployment compensation and also helps unemployed workers get jobs. Because roughly 140 positions had been kept vacant, the number of people eventually handed pink slips is going to be far less that those getting warned they are at risk of layoffs.

“It will be a few weeks before we know exactly how many people are

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Employment Security needs to cut about 400 jobs; as many as 260 getting lay off notices

Another round of layoffs is in the works for the Washington state Employment Security Department, which added staff to handle surges of unemployment insurance claims during the worst of the Great Recession and has been cutting ever since. The agency now has another 300 to 400 more job cuts to go, agency spokeswoman Sheryl Hutchison said Monday.

“We had planned to lay off about 300 at the end of June or early July,” Hutchison said, citing the impact of shrinking jobless rates and smaller allocations from the federal government. “Now we’re looking at about 400 in May. The good news

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