Money Watchers: Cuts in unemployment benefits

Cheryl Almeida from North Providence woman is fighting unemployment.

"Relentless job hunting since the day I got laid off," she said.

Almeida just started collecting long-term federal unemployment benefits after losing her job in September, and now she is learning her checks will already be reduced by more than 12 percent, since sequestration in Washington.

"That's another $40," she said. "That's a lot of money. You're talking that's your grocery money, your gas money, that's your everyday living money."

Reps. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline have fought these cuts in Washington.

"Rhode Island is particularly hard hit in this recession. We still have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and reducing benefits not only hurts those families, it hurts our general economic recovery," Cicilline said.

Almeida has had it, since losing her job.

"My company mismanaged now I'm out of a job," she said. "Now a government mismanaged now I'm going to be out of a home. I'm mad. I'm mad. As far as I'm concerned, the government is doing the same thing my company did, mismanaged money and as far as I'm concerned. I worked really hard for 20 years to make a life for myself. How do you live? How are people doing it?"