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160 in Branch County lose extended unemployment benefits, more could lose them soon

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Extended unemployment insurance benefits have run out for thousands across Michigan because Congress didn’t include an extension in the latest budget deal.  But that won’t be the end of the story.

In Branch County, officials say 160 people have lost those extended benefits. In Calhoun County, the number is 573, while 908 people in Kalamazoo County have lost their benefits.

Statewide the total is 43,311. That’s just in the first week.  More will be added each additional week as they reach the end of their benefits.  Michigan Congressman Sander Levin says it hurts Michigan more than most states, because unemployment here is so high.

Senate Democrats are expected to propose a temporary measure to extend unemployment when they get back to Washington January 6th.