As of Monday, March 4, 2013
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ATLANTA — Unemployed workers in Georgia who are receiving federal extended unemployment compensation (EUC) will see a 10.7 percent cut in benefits beginning the week of March 31 because of sequestration, Georgia Department of Labor officials said Monday afternoon.
Normal state-funded jobless benefits are unaffected by the federal funding cuts.
Georgia labor officials said they were directed by the U.S. Department of Labor to implement the EUC reductions. Currently, the maximum weekly benefit for the 61,360 people in Georgia receiving EUC is $330 and the average benefit is $260, Georgia labor officials said.
The federal government is also reducing the state Labor Department’s administrative funding grant by approximately $3 million. State officials say the grant money is used to pay costs of administering the unemployment insurance program and that the cuts will have an adverse impact on the department’s operations, but the extent of the affect is not known.
The Georgia Labor Department will notify jobless workers who will be affected. Information also will be available at www.dol.state.ga.us.