Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

February 4, 2012

Extended unemployment benefits to end in Michigan

LANSING (AP) — Michigan's improving unemployment numbers mean jobless residents in the state are no longer eligible for some federally funded extended benefits.

Michigan officials said Friday that the state's jobless numbers are below the level required by federal law to continue in the "extended benefit" program.

The program paid for up to 20 weeks of additional unemployment benefits for people who had exhausted their regular state benefits and another program providing what's called "emergency unemployment compensation."

About 29,500 unemployed Michigan workers could be affected.

Michigan fell below the required jobless numbers in late January. Benefits will be phased out with all of the extended benefits ending effective with payment for the week ending Feb. 18.

Michigan's jobless rate fell to 9.3 percent in December, the lowest rate in more than three years.

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