Sequester Brings Pain to the Long-Term Jobless

July 2, 2013

The across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration are having a big impact on the nation’s long-term unemployed, who have seen their federal jobless benefits shrink by nearly 15 percent, according to a report released Tuesday.

The National Employment Law Project said the cuts lowered the average weekly payment from $289 to $246, further tightening an already difficult situation for workers who have been out of a job longer than six months.

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