More States to Cut Long-Term Jobless Benefits
Unemployment benefits will be cut Saturday for thousands more Americans who have been out of work for more than a year and a half as their states fail to meet tighter eligibility standards the federal government set earlier this year.
Nevada, New Jersey and Rhode Island will no longer provide federal benefits to recipients who have been out of work for more than 79 weeks, according to the National Employment Law Project, which tracks unemployment data nationwide.
The cuts leave Idaho as the sole state still providing benefits for people who have been unemployed between 79 and 99 weeks, and it’s expected to no longer qualify for those benefits in August or September, according to Michael Evangelist, a policy analyst for the group. In February, 35 states were still qualified to provide such benefits.