Residents react to cuts in unemployment
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The people who go through the doors at the employment office in Roseburg often need help. Help finding a job, and help paying their bills while they're looking for work.
But, those on emergency unemployment are soon going to get less assistance.
With the sequester going into effect, Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) is taking a nearly 11% hit.
EUC is the funding that kicks in when a person has been out of work for more than six months.
There are currently 58,170 collecting regular unemployment benefits and 28,116 receiving EUC. That's more than 28,000 people statewide, or a third of those receiving unemployment benefits.
Tom Fuller of the Oregon Employment Department says it is going to cut into the bottom line of people's budgets. "That's dollars they will not have to spend on groceries, gas, clothing, etc., so it will make their probably already pretty tight budget even tighter," he said.
Ron Neyman has been receiving unemployment for more than a year, and he's not sure how he'll be able to make ends meet if his benefits are cut. "I'm only getting $238 a month right now," he said. "With all of my medical bills, all of the bills I've got to pay, hopefully I'll either have a job or something else will come through."
Those who receive emergency unemployment compensation will start to see smaller payments in April.