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Safety net for Michigan's jobless set to unravel

Unemployment graphic (Reuters)
Unemployment graphic (Reuters)

LANSING (WKZO) -- About 87-thousand Michigan residents are set to lose their jobless benefits on December 29th.  That's when a federal program that pays for emergency unemployment benefits will end, unless Congress can agree on an extension.

The current program provides up to 99 weeks of total benefits in high-unemployment states, including Michigan.  If the program is scrapped, new recipients will be getting no more than 20 weeks of state support.