Advertise Here

Office Hours

State robocalls urge jobless to use WorkSource

The 50,000  unemployed Washington workers no longer receiving benefits are getting robocall reminders that free help with job searches is available at WorkSource offices.

The Washington Employment Security Department today said the 30-second calls are a cost-effective way of reaching those who have been without work for more than 99 weeks, as well as the 3,000 more who lose their benefits each month.

Spokesman Bill Tarrow said the department does not have the staff to make that many calls.

A 2009 department study showed WorkSource clients returned to work sooner, and with better pay, than workers who did not use the service.

ESD will also begin calling unemployed workers in Whatcom and Skagit county with fewer than 20 weeks of benefits left.

Tarrow said the department hopes to get those workers back on the job before they run out of benefits. If effective, the program will be expanded, he said.

“If someone has been unemployed for more than a year, there propbably are barriers that the individual can't overcome alone,” said C.J. Seitz, the ESD area director for northwest Washington.

“WorkSource staff can provide job-search expertise and a positive outlook that can make all the difference,” he said.

Last year, the state paid $4.6 billion in benefits to more than 500,000 jobless workers.

Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Office Hours

Get blog updates by email

About this blog

The Spokesman-Review business team follows economic development in Spokane and the Inland Northwest.

Sign up for our business email newsletter
Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on Office Hours.


Alison Boggs (@alisonboggs) Online Producer Alison Boggs posts and manages content on and its social networking accounts.

Recent work by Alison

Scott Maben Scott Maben is a Deputy City Editor who covers North Idaho news and higher education.

Addy Hatch is the city editor, and formerly was business editor.

Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
Advertise Here