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Emergency Unemployment Benefits To Continue

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Federal lawmakers passed a series of bills to stop the nation's drive toward the so-called fiscal cliff, but one factor caught up in the midst of the negotiations is emergency unemployment benefits. When a decision wasn't reached in time, they expired for millions across the country, but Congress' last minute deal saved them for another year.

 

With four children, Rodney Snyder says he's dedicated to finding a job, but it hasn't been easy.

"One job lead for construction, went and filled it out. They interviewed me, seemed like everything was going good till the last second and never called me back," said Snyder.

Synder was laid off from his construction job a year ago. Like some 90,000 people across the state, he has been getting emergency un-employment benefits through the federally funded unemployment compensation program.

He says it's a relief that it didn't happen.

Capitol Area Michigan Works CEO Doug Stites says all of the details surrounding the re-extension aren't clear just yet, but it's likely the agreement replaces the progam already in place for 2013. It's also hard to say if people will see a gap in their payments at this point.

 

"We're at a very, very high number of people in our history. A record number of people who have been unemployed for a long period of time," said Stites.

Stites says Michigan has the sixth highest un-employment rate across the country. For those without work for months, it's the worst it has been in years.

 

"You can't find work for five months, then six months, becomes seevn months. Those people become discouraged," Stites said.

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