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Lawmakers cut unemployment benefits, but Iowa feel less of an impact than other states

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An issue that's come up in budget talks is unemployment.

Iowa Workforce Development said state unemployment benefits in Iowa aren't changing, but Emergency Unemployment Compensation, also known as EUC, expired at the end of December.

This kind of compensation covered people for up to 14 weeks after they used up their state benefits.

But, experts said this extended unemployment benefit is only brought about during times of economic recession.

And, since Iowa has a low unemployment rate compared to the rest of the country, only 5,000 people actually received it.

"While I'm sure it's a dramatic effect for those individuals who lost out on it, in the scheme of this total federal numbers, we have a much smaller portion," Iowa Workforce Development Communications Director Kerry Koonce said.

Iowa Workforce Development Communications Director Kerry Koonce said restoring EUC would only happen if congress passed another law.

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