Many long-term unemployed will begin seeing their federal jobless benefits disappear starting this week.
Although Congress reauthorized federal emergency unemployment benefits earlier this year, lawmakers reduced the weeks the jobless can collect payments. The cutbacks come in two phases -- one now and another in September.
This round affects the jobless in at least 24 states, while all Americans will be affected in the fall.
Now, those who live in states with unemployment rates below 6% are eligible to receive a maximum of 46 weeks of benefits, down from 60. (This includes up to 26 weeks of state benefits.)
Those in states with unemployment rates between 6% and 7% will receive up to 60 weeks, down from 73.
And the jobless who live in states with unemployment rates between 8.5% and 9% will be eligible for as many as 73 weeks, instead of 79.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities laid out the number of weeks residents of each state are eligible for in this map:
These changes are on top of the disappearance of the federal extended benefits, which lasted up to 20 weeks. Nearly half a million people have already lost these benefits this year, and payments will likely end in the remaining four states over the summer.
Some states could soon be allowed to use unemployment funds to subsidize on-the-job training and other re-employment programs.
The Obama administration Thursday launched the effort, which will permit up to 10 states to use administrative funds or their trust funds to implement pilot programs that expedite the return of the unemployed to work.
The initiative is a key part of the president's effort to overhaul the unemployment system. It is part of MORETami Luhby - Apr 19, 2012 3:17 PM ET
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