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Benefit Cuts Looming for Maine's Unemployed
04/30/2013 03:50 PM ET  

The cut will affect about 1,100 of the 5,800 people currently collecting so-called Emergency Unemployment Compensation, and goes into effect the week of May 12, state Labor Department officials say.

The Maine Department of Labor says federal benefits for the long-term unemployed in Maine will be cut off eight weeks earlier than scheduled. State officials say the reduction is the result of the federal automatic budget cuts known as the sequester.

The cut will affect about 1,100 of the 5,800 people currently collecting so-called Emergency Unemployment Compensation, and goes into effect the week of May 12, officials say.

Paquette says states have some flexibility in implementing the cuts, but must do it no later than June 30, and achieve savings of 10.7 percent in this federal fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

"The timing of the sequester reduction puts about 20 percent of current EUC beneficiaries in need of immediate employment at the peak of the summer hiring season," says Maine Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette. "We will do our best to connect everyone on unemployment, no matter how many weeks they've collected, with good jobs."

The benefits that are being cut are federally funded, and will affect so-called Tier 3 recipients, who have already exhausted their 26 weeks of state-funded benefits, along with other federally-funded benefits.


 

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