Fed. emergency unemployment benefits to be reduced

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says federal budget cuts will mean a reduction in federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation payments.

The OESC said Friday that the federal payments to the jobless will be reduced by 10.7 percent starting March 31. The state agency says state-funded unemployment benefits will not be affected.

The program was established in July 2008 to provide an additional 14 weeks of payments to the long-term unemployed who are seeking a job. It is federally funded and is available when regular state unemployment benefits expire.

The OESC says it is sending notices to Emergency Unemployment Compensation recipients who will be affected by the cuts.

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