OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's long-term unemployment benefits will decrease by 26 weeks after April 21, state officials announced Tuesday.

Officials with the Employment Security Department said the decrease was triggered after the state's unemployment rate dropped to 8.2 percent in February.

Regular unemployment benefits last up to 26 weeks and are paid by the state. However, two long-term benefit programs are funded by the federal government, and are triggered on and off by the state's unemployment rate.

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