Sequester cuts government checks for unemployed - Tucson News Now

Sequester cuts government checks for unemployed

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Many unemployed Tucsonans are now learning that they will be getting less money in their government checks due to the sequester.

The federal government also wants proof of a job search from people looking for work.

Dozens of people go in and out of the Pima County One Stop every day, looking for work.

Today, Tucson News Now talked to a father and son who have been there for 12 days, sending out resumes, desperate to find anything.

New laws that just went into effect this year now require job seekers like this father and son to prove they are out looking for work at least four separate days of the week. They are aware they could be audited any time. They have to save all documentation of their work records, emails and notes.

John Gordon says it is time consuming and stressful, considering he is already facing stress.

"We're keeping notes [and] documentation through the copy machine. That's what nice about doing that here," John said.

The federal government is cracking down on those abusing unemployment insurance. An overpaid week will land a person up to two years in prison and $150,000 in fines.

One Stop staff tell Tucson News Now they also feel the affect of federal budget cuts; they may have to cut down on training and have already frozen three vacant positions.

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