Long-term unemployment program to receive cuts

(WTVM) - Some unemployed Georgians are about to stop getting unemployment checks.

Starting January 12, long-term unemployed Georgians will no longer qualify for benefits from the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

The state will "trigger off" the program because Georgia's jobless rate is declining.

A state must have a 3-month average unemployment rate of at least 9 percent to qualify for the extra benefits.

Georgia's jobless rate dropped from 9-percent in September to 8.7 percent in October and 8.5 percent in November.

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