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Sequestration Hits Long-Term Unemployed In NH

The automatic federal budget cuts known as “Sequestration” will soon hit the long-term unemployed in New Hampshire.  People who remain jobless for more than 26 weeks are eligible for federally-funded emergency unemployment benefits. 

And those benefits will soon be cut.

In New Hampshire, the average payment under this program is $289 a week.  And for the 1,800 people already on emergency unemployment, that won’t change.  But Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis says anyone applying after the 28th of this month will see a 17 percent cut.

“Cuts like this, I mean, are awfully difficult to take.  If this is your only means of being able to support yourself, obviously if you’re experiencing a 17 percent cut, that’s significant,” Copadis says.

For someone getting that $289 payment, the cut works out to getting about $50 less each week. 

Copadis says the department commonly gets up to 180 new claims a week. 

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