By DAVID A. LIEB
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Workers who lose their jobs in some states are getting less help through unemployment benefits than they once did.
Since the end of the Great Recession, eight states have reduced the duration of benefits below the traditional length of 26 weeks.
Some also have reduced the maximum weekly payments, narrowed who can qualify and increased work-search requirements that can result in denied benefits if not met.
The cutbacks generally are intended to help shore up unemployment insurance trust funds, which went insolvent in 35 states following the last recession.
But President Barack Obama is pushing in the opposite direction. His budget plan would require all states to provide at least 26 weeks of benefits while expanding coverage to more part-time and intermittent workers.