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Rachel Gragg, policy director with the National Skills Coalition, a nonprofit devoted to worker training, said the sequester cuts would not only pare back unemployment insurance, they would slow payments to jobless workers due to administrative cuts.
Gragg also estimated that federal workforce training programs would lose roughly half a billion dollars in funding at a time when unemployment still hovers close to 8 percent.
"We're facing the steepest declines in funding to those programs in recent history," Gragg said, adding that it would have "serious long-term repurcussions for our nation's economy."