federal budget cuts http://apr.org en 16,000 Alabamians to See Cut in Jobless Benefits http://apr.org/post/16000-alabamians-see-cut-jobless-benefits <P>The long-term unemployed in Alabama will be among the first to feel automatic federal budget cuts scheduled to take effect Friday.</P> <DIV> <P>A spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Labor says federal officials have advised the department to prepare for a cut of 9 percent to 10 percent in unemployment benefits for Alabamians who have exhausted their 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits and are now getting the extended 37 weeks of federal benefits.</P> <P>Spokeswoman Tara Hutchinson said the unemployment cuts are supposed to take effect Sunday and will affect 16,000 people. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:42:41 +0000 The Associated Press 25707 at http://apr.org 16,000 Alabamians to See Cut in Jobless Benefits