Unemployment Benefits Take Sequestration Cut

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas Labor officials say mandatory federal budget cuts will hit some people who receive unemployment benefits.

The Kansas Labor Department issued a news release late Thursday afternoon. It says payments from the Emergency Unemployment Compenstation program will be reduced 10.7 percent, for weeks beginning on or after March 31, 2013.

The reduction stems from the across-the-board budget cuts signed into law by the Budget Control Act.

The EUC program provides up to 14 additional weeks of benefits to those who qualify. The cuts will impact the amount of the benefits paid, but not the number of weeks a person will receive a check.

The Kansas Labor Dept. says the President has directed the agency to notify each person who receives EUC benefits with a letter, estimating their new weekly payments. They also will receive a follow-up letter with the finalized amount.

From the Kansas Dept. of Labor:

A chart showing the estimated changes on the Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) can be found at https://www.getkansasbenefits.com/documents/WBAchart.pdf

For more information, visit www.GetKansasBenefits.gov, this site will be updated regularly as more information is available.

You can also contact the U.S. Department of Labor at 1-866-487-2365 or the White House at 202-456-1414.