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16,000 Michiganders lose unemployment benefits over the weekend


More than ten thousand Michiganders lost unemployment benefits over the weekend.

Michigan officials say about 16-thousand people were receiving extra unemployment benefits, beyond the typical amount available from the state, but the Extended Benefits program that offers as many as 20 weeks of additional payments only continues if a state has an average un-employment rate of six-and-a-half percent over three consecutive months.

Michigan’s un-employment is now below that threshold.

State officials say Michiganders could still be eligible for additional federal benefits.

Funds from the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance granted to contract workers who typically don’t qualify for benefits, are available until the first week of September in Michigan.