Extended jobless benefits to be cut

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.


FryarTuk 2 years, 9 months ago

Give them three months and then cut it off.


scooby62 2 years, 9 months ago

Let's see you find a job in three months. Especially at 58 years of age.


FryarTuk 2 years, 9 months ago

This is ya' boy Obama's handiwork. That great community organizer from the stalls of Chicago.


Somebody 2 years, 9 months ago

No need to thank republicans, this is your demoncratic presidents work.


gotanyfacts 2 years, 9 months ago

bsr, it must take a great deal of effort to ignore the truth.

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” ― Benjamin Franklin


dingleberry 2 years, 9 months ago

Lot of hard work going on in Albany these days. Ben would be happy.


VSU 2 years, 9 months ago

BSR doesn't have to work hard to remain ignorant and stupid, to him it just comes naturally.


ustaknow 2 years, 9 months ago

"I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy off ramps on this one." - Barack Obama, 21 November 2011.


Sister_Ruby 2 years, 9 months ago

Guess what will happen once these extended benefits (3 years running!!!!!........) are cut? Yep, folks will get a job and unemployment will go down. Surprise!!!!!


B4it 2 years, 9 months ago

It does not take any real leadership to make that kind of scare tactic decision to reduce the extended unemployment payments. If you look closer at what Obama is doing, he and the democratic senate are avoiding making significant budget reduction decisions so that the shallow-minded will not blame them for making any "impactful decisions" that will keep us from going bankrupt.

Where is Obama's short and long term PLANS to get the economy on a positive growth trend and to get people back to work? Billions in stimulus money to the unions sure have not produced any sustainable results.


chinaberry25 2 years, 9 months ago

Most folks on unemployment are making money under the table. Now they can come to light and pay some taxes. Do not think that they are sitting around doing nothing. That is left for the welfare crowd. Now that is what should be cut.


bigbob 2 years, 9 months ago

It's about time someone cut some intitlements, get a job like the rest of us. It's funny how all these libtards think these cuts have to be made because they have no money but a couple days later give 250 million to Obummas muslum brothers in Egypt. This country is so screwed with this clown in the white house it isn't funny.


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