OLYMPIA, Wash. – In this era of plastic, Washington still issues unemployment benefits the old fashioned way: by check. That's a stark contrast to neighboring Oregon where jobless benefits are loaded on a debit card. So what are the trade-offs?
Currently in Washington about 180,000 people are receiving unemployment. Half of them are signed up for direct deposit.
The rest get a check in the mail. It costs the state 45 cents to issue each check – most of that is postage.