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Thousands Could Lose Federal Unemployment Benefits

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Thousands of Michiganders are at risk of losing their federally-funded jobless benefits next week if Congress does not reach a deal to continue funding the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

"We'll just have to hope and pray it goes through, and if not, we'll just keep pushing and keep trying to find a job," said Jennifer Smith, who's currently receiving unemployment and is applying for an extension to benefits. "It's just a little frustrating. I just never knew that with my level of experience and education that it would be so difficult to find work."

Smith, a displaced human resources professional with a master's degree, spent the better half of her day applying for a benefit extension at the unemployment office and at
Capital Area Michigan Works. She's one of more than 43,000 people in Michigan currently receiving payments from the program, which is provided as an option to people who've used up all of their state benefits.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said lawmakers will vote in January on whether or not to extend jobless benefits.

Emerald Morrow is a reporter with WLNS-TV. Like her on Facebook, Follow her on Twitter or email her at

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