This report examines issues in unemployment insurance (UI) benefit payments and trust fund modeling in Washington State. It reviews recent legislation from the years 2003 to 2006. It estimates the reductions in benefit payouts caused by several specific restrictions on benefit payments resulting from the legislation. The report includes recommendations for further modifications in benefits, many of which were incorporated into legislation of March 2006. The report also reviews the actuarial models used in Washington to project future UI trust fund balances. It makes recommendations to improve simulation modeling.
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