Fed funding cuts will take big chunk from unemployed Californians

Fed funding cuts will take big chunk from unemployed Californians »Play Video

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — More than 400,000 unemployed Californians will feel the effects of the federal government’s sequestration spending cuts after cuts to unemployment benefits take effect on April 28.

There will be no changes to the number of weeks the unemployed may remain eligible, but federal benefits will be reduced by 17.69 percent, a reduction in the average benefit from $298 to just $246.

The cuts will only apply to the federal benefit extension, which takes effect for those who have already exhausted the 26-week allotment of state-provided benefits.

“We know that these kinds of cuts are extremely difficult to absorb for long-term unemployed individuals,” said Loree Levy of the California Employment Development Department.

EDD offers information on resources to assist those in need with food, health care and housing.

Some believe the cuts may place pressure on the long-term unemployed to find work, a claim that is not for certain.