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ONLY 27.5 PERCENT OF MICHIGAN JOBLESS GET UI BENEFITS; NEW FEDERAL STUDY SHOWS STATE RANKS 33rd IN NATION

 LANSING, Mich., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- While the Michigan Senate prepares to debate legislation cutting unemployment benefits by $1 billion, a new federal report shows that only 27.5 percent of the state's unemployed actually receive unemployment benefits.
 Statistics released by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) for the third quarter of calendar year 1992, show that 413,200 Michigan workers were without jobs, while only 113,700 received jobless benefits.
 Michigan's 27.5-percent benefit figure was substantially below the national average of 32.4 percent, placing Michigan 33rd in the nation.
 Michigan State AFL-CIO President Frank Garrison said the report shows that Michigan's unemployment benefits law is too restrictive. He criticized the governor's current attempts to cut benefits and make it even harder to qualify for benefits.
 "Gov. Engler's attempt to take money away from people who have lost their jobs is cruel and mean-spirited," said Garrison. "If his efforts succeed, jobless workers in Michigan will have even fewer dollars to put food on the table and a roof over their heads."
 "What Michigan workers really need is a job," said Garrison. "Thank God we have a new administration in Washington that is concerned with revitalizing our economy and creating good paying jobs for Michigan's working families."
 The USDOL study covered a time period (July, August and September, 1992) when tens of thousands of laid-off Michigan workers were receiving extended benefits under a federally authorized program. That program is slated to end on March 6.
 States providing benefits to a greater percentage of their unemployed than Michigan included Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
 The rankings include all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
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 /CONTACT: Tim Hughes of Michigan State AFL-CIO, 517-487-5966/


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