Federally-funded unemployment benefits reduced

9:37 AM, Mar 27, 2013   |    comments
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 LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- An improving jobless rate isn't necessarily good news for everybody. Because Michigan's unemployment rate has now fallen below 9 percent, some people out of work will no longer be able to receive some federally-funded benefits.

People who exhaust what's called "Tier 3 benefits" after April 13 will no longer be able to make a Tier 4 claim under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

The program provides unemployment benefits for people who have already collected all of the state benefits for which they are eligible.

Tier 4 provides up to seven weeks of benefits in states with unemployment rates of at least 9 percent.

People currently receiving Tier 4 benefits can continue to receive any remaining benefits until they have been exhausted.

About 205,000 people claim unemployment benefits in Michigan.



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