Cuts Affect Oregon Jobless Benefits

EUGENE, Ore. — The federal spending cuts are already making an impact here in Oregon.

The state employment department says emergency unemployment benefits will be reduced by more than 10 percent.

A University of Oregon economist says Oregon won’t be impacted as much as other states, though since it relies less on federal funding, but we’ll still feel the effects.

“We’ll probably see aggregate slower growth in the US economy, and the extent that Oregon tracks those national numbers, we would expect there to be some impact,” said Tim Duy, UO economist.

Currently, there are more than 28,000 Oregonians receive emergency unemployment benefits.

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