Sequester cuts unemployment benefits for 28,000 Oregonians

PORTLAND, Ore. - The automatic sequester of Federal funds is reducing unemployment benefits for more than 28,000 Oregonians, the state employment department said.

The cuts affect people receiving Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC). Their weekly benefits will be cut by 10.7 percent beginning the week of March 31, the department said. They will be reflected in checks mailed the week of April 7.

More than 28,000 people receiving EUC benefits will be notified of the cuts by mail early next month.

Tom Fuller with the employment department said their website will be updated regularly when more information about the cuts is available.

Anyone with questions about the cuts can call 503-947-1342 or 1-800-237-3710, ext. 71342.

Those receiving regular unemployment benefits will not be affected.

Fuller also said Federal cuts to employment service state grants could mean a reduction of job search assistance and employer recruitment activities.