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Without Senate Compromise: Federally-Funded Unemployment Benefits Set To Expire

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DETROIT (WWJ) - A last second rush to hammer out an extension for Federal Unemployment is underway in the Senate. Without an extension, benefits are cut off – regardless of how many weeks you had left.

Shaun Thomas, director of the Unemployment Insurance Agency explains:

“It’s really hard to say how much is being lost because it doesn’t matter how many weeks you had left – none of those weeks are payable anymore,” said Thomas. “So, some people may just have one week left or some people may have just gotten on the program and they may have have 30 weeks.”

If there is no extension, more than 43,000 in Michigan will lose out on an average of $300 a week.

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, provides federally-funded unemployment benefits for people who exhaust their regular state benefits, will expire on December 28, 2013.

According to federal law, the last week anyone can be paid EUC is December 28, 2013.

Those who have exhausted unemployment benefits can find additional resources for health care, family support, housing, and more HERE.

Unemployed workers should also visit Pure Michigan Talent Connect HERE to get information regarding job and training opportunities.

There are pre-recorded updates about the EUC program; contact the Agency’s EUC hotline at 1-800-638-3995. TTY customers should call 1-866-366-0004.

Find more information about LARA – HERE.

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