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FEDERAL JOBLESS BENEFIT PROGRAM BEGINS PHASE OUT

 FEDERAL JOBLESS BENEFIT PROGRAM BEGINS PHASE OUT
 DETROIT, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The federal program that provides


additional jobless benefits to unemployed workers across Michigan and the country is beginning to phase out as the program approaches its final day for accepting new claims.
 "Workers who are currently receiving or who file for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) by July 2 can draw all of their benefits, even after the program ends, as long as they meet the program's eligibility requirements," F. Robert Edwards, director of the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC), said.
 Edwards reported that MESC has paid out approximately $412 million in federal EUC since the program began last November. Some 115,000 unemployed Michigan workers are receiving or have received these federal benefits.
 The EUC program began on Nov. 17, 1991, and originally allowed up to 20 weeks of benefits to Michigan workers who had exhausted their state unemployment insurance. In February, the program was changed to allow for an additional 13 weeks of benefits, increasing the maximum entitlement to 33 weeks.
 According to federal law, the phase out of the program can affect EUC claimants differently, Edwards noted.
 If those currently receiving EUC become ineligible or decide not to file claims for the weeks ending June 20 or 27, they will have their claims automatically reduced from a maximum of 33 down to 20 weeks.
 "For the weeks of July 4 and after, workers can continue to receive EUC benefits if they meet all eligibility requirements for each remaining week in their claims," Edwards said. "However, a claimant's EUC benefits will end once a worker is declared ineligible for any week."
 Under federal EUC law, the program cannot accept any new applications for benefits after July 4.
 Congress is working on a new EUC bill but eligibility details and implementation dates are not finalized.
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 /CONTACT: Norman Isotalo of MESC, 313-876-5488/ CO: Michigan Employment Security Commission ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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