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Labor dept.: Some RI jobless to see 12 percent cut

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Up to 8,000 Rhode Islanders getting unemployment benefits will see a reduction in their benefits later this month because of across-the-board federal budget cuts.

The state Department of Labor and Training said Tuesday that weekly benefits under the federal emergency unemployment program are being cut 12 percent beginning April 21.

State labor officials say the average weekly benefit is $377, so the average deduction will be $46 a week.

The emergency unemployment program allows the long-term jobless to extend the time they are collecting benefits by up to 47 weeks. That's above the 26 weeks that are offered under regular unemployment.

The reductions will be reflected in payments that go out the week of April 28.