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Indiana To Reduce Federal Unemployment Benefits On March 30

The Department of Workforce Development announced Friday it would distribute full unemployment checks until March 30, then start cutting them by 10 percent.

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The unemployment benefit cuts are expected because of the federal sequestration.

Indiana will continue to offer federal unemployment benefits, which is all benefits after week 26, until March 30. After that, the state must begin reducing benefits by just under 10.7 percent.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development received notice of the required changes in a conference call with federal officials Friday. Unemployment benefit recipients will be informed of the specifics of the changes at least 15 days before the end of the month.

The federal government is supplying $40,000 to the state to help offset implementation costs.

Earlier this week, the state said it would cut off the benefits completely starting Saturday. Shortly after the announcement, the U.S. Department of Labor requested the state to reverse its decision.

After receiving additional guidance, spokesman Joe Frank announced the DWD would not suspend benefits until officials met with federal officials Friday.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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