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Emergency unemployment benefits cut after April 28

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire will reduce the amount of emergency unemployment benefits it pays on new claims filed after April 28 by nearly 17 percent.

The reduction will not affect those already collecting emergency unemployment benefits. The program is available to those who have exhausted the first 26 weeks of benefits that are paid by the state.

The cuts are the result of mandatory federal budget cuts, known as sequestration.

New Hampshire Employment Security officials say they receive 150 to 180 new claims for emergency unemployment benefits each week. Nearly 1,800 individuals in the state currently collect those benefits.

The average weekly benefit amount in New Hampshire is $289. That would be reduced to $241 for claims filed after April 28.