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MESC ADVISES CLAIMANTS TO CONTINUE FILING FOR FEDERAL JOBLESS BENEFITS

 DETROIT, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC) is advising claimants to continue to apply for federal jobless benefits, although the program no longer allows any new claims.
 Current federal law prevents MESC from approving any applications for new Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) claims for weeks beginning after Saturday, Oct. 2.
 "We fully expect, however, that Congress will soon approve an EUC extension," MESC Director F. Robert Edwards said. "Consequently, to protect the rights of EUC applicants once the program resumes, we will continue to send EUC applications to those exhausting their state unemployment benefits."
 About 2,500 Michigan workers had been filing for federal EUC weekly.
 "We will continue to accept EUC applications but will not process them until the program is extended," Edwards said. "If the program is not restarted, then we will deny new EUC claims for weeks beginning after Oct. 2."
 EUC claims established before Oct. 2 can continue to be paid through Jan. 15, 1994.
 MESC paid out $1.2 billion in EUC benefits to some 368,000 jobless Michigan workers from the program's start in November 1991 through this August.
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 /CONTACT: Norm Isotalo of MESC, 313-876-5488/


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