Economy
11:04 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Sequester cuts unemployment benefits

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Some unemployed Michigan workers face a 10.7 percent cut in their benefits because of the automatic reduction in the federal budget. 

The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says the cuts take effect March 31 for people getting benefits from the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

The federally funded program provides up to 34 weeks of extended benefits for people who have exhausted their regular state benefits.

Last month, the White House detailed about $140 million in cuts in Michigan as a result of the automatic federal budget cuts. They include the furloughing of 10,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by $67.7 million.

The White House also says Michigan will lose $14 million in Army base operations expenditures.