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Sequester hitting federal unemployment checks

Written by Mary Wilson, Former Capitol Bureau Chief | Mar 31, 2013 9:53 PM

Federal budget cuts are poised to slice away at unemployment benefits for about 99,000 Pennsylvanians starting at the end of the first week of April.

"In terms of benefits, the folks that will be affected are those who are receiving emergency unemployment compensation benefits and those are paid by the federal government," said Sara Goulet, with the state Department of Labor and Industry. "And [those are] claimants who have already received 26 weeks of benefits from the state of Pennsylvania."

The roughly 10 percent dip amounts to between seven and 61 dollars, depending on the size of each benefit check.

The average weekly benefit claim in Pennsylvania is about $350 dollars. Checks range from between $70 to $573. The state is notifying those who will see smaller benefits.

"We will be sending a revised financial determination to all affected individuals, and those will start to go out April 2," said Goulet.

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