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Decrease in unemployment assistance might impact local economies

As benefits are cut, fewer dollars will circulate at local businesses

7:17 PM, Dec. 28, 2013
Job seekers work at the Wisconsin Job Center in Wisconsin Rapids in this 2008 file photo.
Job seekers work at the Wisconsin Job Center in Wisconsin Rapids in this 2008 file photo.
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About 23,700 people in the state lost their federal unemployment benefits when the program expired Friday.

Over the course of 2014, it's projected that 99,000 people across the state will be affected by the loss of federal benefits, said John Peacock, director of the Wisconsin Budget Project, which is an initiative of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.

The council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit agency that researches issues and topics related to children and families. ...

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