by Sia Nyorkor
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
10:17 PM CDT, March 14, 2013
Kansans who are already struggling on unemployment will soon learn
they won't be getting as much help.
The Department of Labor says it will have to make cuts to the unemployment emergency compensation program.
Kansas Labor officials say the "sequester" is the cause for these cuts and it could hit a lot of people hard.
Starting March 31, people who receive emergency unemployment benefits will see nearly 11 percent less in their check.
The news comes after President Obama signed the sequester into law, after the House and Senate couldn't come up with a new budget deal.
Each person who receives the benefits will be sent a letter with a chart that shows their new revised payment.
The new cuts will reduce benefits paid but not the number of weeks a person can claim.
Currently Kansas allows up to 14 weeks of additional benefits after unemployment runs out, if you qualify. It's unclear how many Kansans will be affected, but it's expected to be several.
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