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FEDERAL JOBLESS BENEFITS EXTENDED; MESC TO MAIL EUC APPLICATIONS

 DETROIT, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Jobless Michigan workers who have used up all of their state unemployment benefits may now be entitled to as many as seven weeks of federal jobless benefits.
 MESC Director F. Robert Edwards estimates that some 15,500 unemployed workers in Michigan may immediately qualify for federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC). The EUC program had ended on Oct. 2, 1993, and was extended by Congress and the Administration this week.
 "We have identified those who exhausted their state jobless benefits since early October and will begin mailing them EUC applications over the next two weeks," Edwards said. "On average, about 2,000 claimants a week have been using up their regular state benefits."
 EUC claimants may be compensated retroactively for weeks of unemployment since Oct. 2. The extension, however, does not provide any additional benefits to those who previously used up their federal EUC entitlement.
 "Those who qualify for EUC will receive the same weekly amount they received in state unemployment benefits," Edwards said. "And while some states qualify to pay up to 13 weeks of EUC, we can pay up to seven weeks in Michigan because of our low unemployment rate."
 To be eligible for EUC, claimants must be unemployed, must exhaust their state jobless benefits and apply for EUC before Feb. 5, 1994. The program will issue EUC benefits through April 30, 1994.
 Since EUC first began in November 1991 and through this October, MESC has issued $1.3 billion of these federal benefits to 384,000 jobless Michigan workers.
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 /CONTACT: Norm Isotalo of MESC, 313-876-5488/


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