Federal Unemployment Expiring, Starting Today

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

So many people are wondering about their jobless benefits that unemployment offices across the state are packed with people trying to find out when exactly their benefits expire.

There's so much traffic you may not even be able to get through on the phones.

That's because you're not the only one calling. With federal benefits discontinued as of December 1, Michiganders have a lot of questions.

"They're wondering, 'how many more weeks do I have left before the unemployment benefits that have been putting on food on my family's table are actually gone?'" said Stephen Geskey, director of Michigan's Unemployment Agency.

The answer depends on your program. According to Geskey, the 26-week state benefits won't be affected but once you've exhausted those you'll no longer be able to extend them. He says if you're already getting federal emergency unemployment compensation you're eligible through the remainder of your tier but can't advance to the next one. If you've already exhausted those benefits and are getting extended benefits, those run out January 1.

In the next few months, the agency expects even more people to be calling and visiting its problem resolution offices. It predicts between now and April of next year nearly 200,000 people will lose the benefits they rely on.

Sherin Weicht has been out of work for four years but now that her husband is too, things have become even more difficult on their family.

"We've had to downsize. We moved from a house to an apartment, from Charlotte to Lansing where jobs are more readily available," Weicht said.

"We've got kids in school, kids in college," said her husband David Weicht. "We're obviously concerned."

David Weicht just started receiving unemployment a month ago, so he's safe for at least another 22 weeks under the state benefits.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2010 at 04:15 PM
    well we can start doing like other races of people that come here to the USA.Get a real big house all chip in take care of each other.Have it made in many ways.Food stamps and charities or food banks.Go to all one weak after another.Ask how many are living here illegally and how they get buy.what is being done about many issues concerning a lot of stuff.Like why did our government sit by and let one job after another leave this country?What were they thinking the end results would be?It amounts to,higher crime,not enough taxes being collected,homes being lost,people hungry,people loosing so much they worked for,so many becoming homeless,and all over what,GREED and it is destroying the USA.Both parties at the white house acting like children fighting over a piece of candy.No one will give an inch no matter who it hurts.But with their income what do they have to worry about?NOTHING.get the picture?
  • by Pam Location: Jackson on Dec 1, 2010 at 07:39 PM
    Cheryl you are not the only one barely making it.I do not see why your former job is blocking you getting unemployment benefits btu I have been unemployed for a year, 1 month and 3 days. You aare right we need more jobs here in Jackson not Lansing or elsewhere. Seems like they forget there are people who do not drive. I am in school online with 2 associates degree and still cannot find a job. I have been told that I have too much expereince or not enough expereince. I live with the fear of being homeless after this month when my benefits are over. I hope something breaks for us both.
  • by Cheryl Location: Jackson, MI on Dec 1, 2010 at 06:02 PM
    My unemployment benefits ran out several months ago and my husband is out of work. His ex employer blocked the benefits he was receiving and now wants them paid back. He has a phone hearing on Friday to determine if he will have to pay. We are on food assistance but have had to borrow from relatives to pay utilities and car insurance. We have no home insurance and fear losing our home next year due to delinquent real estate taxes. There is no help to purchase cleaning items like laundry soap, dish soap, floor cleaner, shampoo, paper towels, etc. We have sold old 14k jewelry to purchase some items. We really have nothing else of value to sell. We really don't want to borrow any more monies from friends and relatives. What we really need are jobs. People keep urging us to go back to college, but some of our friends and relatives who did that still can't find jobs and now have delinquent student loans. I live every day in fear of becoming homeless.
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