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195,000 MICHIGAN WORKERS EXPECTED TO QUALIFY FOR NEW FEDERAL JOBLESS BENEFITS

 195,000 MICHIGAN WORKERS EXPECTED TO QUALIFY
 FOR NEW FEDERAL JOBLESS BENEFITS
 DETROIT, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The recently approved extension of the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program does not provide any new benefits to jobless workers who have used up all earlier EUC benefits.
 F. Robert Edwards, director of the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC), said recent federal legislation extended the program's life for nine more months but does not grant any additional benefits to workers who previously drew and exhausted EUC claims.
 "The extension, which took effect July 5, applies to workers who are unemployed and who exhaust their regular state unemployment benefits and file EUC claims before March 6, 1993," Edwards explained.
 The EUC program originally began in November 1991 and was modified last February before ending on July 4.
 Over the course of the program, Edwards expects it will pay out approximately $585 million to some 195,000 unemployed Michigan workers. Through July 4, the original program had issued more than $511 million to 163,000 jobless Michigan workers.
 MESC will notify potential EUC claimants about the program as they exhaust their state benefits.
 "Claimants will be required to complete an EUC application and return it to MESC," Edwards said, "but there should not be any major interruption in the flow of benefit checks as individuals move from the state to the federal program."
 The EUC program will pay claimants the same weekly dollar amount they received through the state program. Claimants will receive one week of EUC for each week of regular state benefits they collected.
 "Currently, Michigan can pay up to 26 weeks of EUC benefits through the new extension," Edwards said. "However, this can change, depending upon the state and national unemployment rates."
 Some 2,500 jobless Michigan workers who have exhausted all of their state unemployment benefits should immediately qualify for the recently approved extension of federal benefits.
 Edwards noted that these are federally funded benefits and will not be charged to state employer unemployment tax accounts.
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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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