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Sequestration will reduce emergency unemployment starting April 28

Federal sequestration will prompt a reduction in Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) for Utahns beginning in late April. The Utah Department of Workforce Services plans to implement the 17 percent reduction on April 28.

This reduction applies to any individual who exhausts their regular state unemployment benefits and becomes eligible for EUC on or after April 28. This reduction will not impact regular state unemployment insurance benefit amounts or benefits to any individual who has established a claim for EUC prior to April 28.

As part of the Budget Control Act of 2011, also known as sequestration, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) directed states to begin reducing EUC claimant's weekly and maximum benefit amounts on or after March 31, 2013. Though states are allowed to choose the date of implementation, the percentage will increase the longer it takes for states to implement the reduction.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services administers the unemployment insurance program in Utah. The department will begin notifying about 225 unemployed workers per week beginning April 28 informing them that their weekly and maximum EUC benefits will be reduced.

Workforce Services will continue to provide the claimants with re-employment, training, and educational opportunities to help them find employment.

The EUC program is currently authorized to pay up to an additional 14 weeks of emergency federal benefits on top of the original 26 weeks of regular state unemployment benefits. This makes a total of up to 40 weeks of benefits. This federal program is scheduled to end on December 28, 2013.

For more information or to file a claim for EUC benefits, visit https://Jobs.Utah.Gov or contact the state UI Claims Center by phone: Salt Lake/South Davis Counties: 801.526.4400; Weber/North Davis Counties: 801.612.0877; Utah County: 801.375.4067.

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