Denver (AP) Colorado has begun paying unemployment benefits with a visa debit card instead of a paper check.
The State Department of Labor and Employment began using the Colorado Automated Payment card on Monday to pay unemployment benefits.
It's expected to save $210,000 a year in postage.
The last unemployment check was printed Friday, ending a 73-year-old practice of using checks to make unemployment benefits payments.
The department says it would like to eventually offer direct deposit into recipient's bank accounts.
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