Jobless workers in Benton and Franklin counties who are receiving emergency unemployment compensation will be required to attend an appointment at WorkSource Columbia Basin for an orientation, skill assessment and review of their job search efforts.
The meeting is required under a new federal law, and those who do not attend may have to repay some or all of their unemployment benefits. Those receiving the benefits should receive an appointment letter in the mail, according to a news release.
Employment Security officials estimate that 55,000 emergency-benefit recipients will be scheduled for the required meeting at WorkSource centers statewide.
The new federal law also requires recipients to actively look for work in order to remain eligible for benefits. Washington already requires people on unemployment to conduct at least three job-search activities each week.