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Long-term unemployed will lose 9 weeks of benefits

8:55 PM, Jan. 29, 2013  |  Comments
In this Wednesday, Dec. 12 2012 photo a job seeker leaves his contact information with a potential employer during a job fair in New York. Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits ticked up slightly in the first week of 2013, the latest sign of slow but consistent gains in the job market. The Labor Department said Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, that applications rose 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 371,000, the most in five weeks. The previous week's total was revised lower. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Wednesday, Dec. 12 2012 photo a job seeker leaves his contact information with a potential employer during a job fair in New York. Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits ticked up slightly in the first week of 2013, the latest sign of slow but consistent gains in the job market. The Labor Department said Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, that applications rose 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 371,000, the most in five weeks. The previous week's total was revised lower. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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MADISON - Wisconsin workers who have been unemployed for more than a year will lose nine weeks of benefits because of the state's improving economy.

The federal government has notified the state that its lower unemployment rate means an end to federal emergency unemployment insurance. It extended benefits from 54 weeks to 63 weeks.

An estimated 10,500 workers who have been unemployed for more than a year will start losing benefits the week of Feb. 9. An unemployment rate below 7 percent means an end to the federal subsidy.

The U.S. Department of Labor has calculated the state's three-month average unemployment rate at 6.7 percent.

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