Unemployment Running Out For 100,000

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

Jobs might go away-- but responsibilities don't.

Just ask Encarnita Figueroa, laid off from Michigan State and on unemployment for the first time.

"I have to pay the light, water, heater, food-- we're going back to school with the kids, I have to buy them everything," she says.

"I live from month-to-month."

But this month was the last month for thousands in Michigan to receive any kind of benefits .

In Jackson County, 324 people have now fully exhausted their benefits, up from 35 last month.

In Ingham, it's up to 319 from 53.

By the end of this year, nearly 100,000 in the state will have drained their 79 weeks of unemployment.

"The numbers we're talking right now include people who already have exhausted state benefits, and they will be running out of all extensions, including federal," says DELEG Deputy Director Susan Corbin.

And, come January, Corbin says the number of weeks people can claim unemployment will be down to 26, when federal funds run out. Right now, 53 weeks of unemployment are funded by the feds.

"The time to act is now," says Rep. Mark Meadows, (D) East Lansing.

Meadows is one lawmaker behind a house bill that would bring in $138 million in stimulus dollars to extend unemployment.

"By just saying yes, we get an extension of up to 26 weeks of unemployment if we provide a worker training program," he says.

Not so fast, says Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, (R) Rochester. His office is telling us they don't support the stimulus plan because it's one time money, and they say businesses will have to contribute to the unemployment fund once the stimulus runs out.

For Figueroa, an extension is a no-brainer.

"Unemployment is there for a reason, for a crisis," she says, adding that crisis is now.

Do You Think The State Should Use Stimulus Dollars To Extend Unemployment Benefits?


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  • by valerie Location: mi on Aug 27, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    This will hurt the economy more.How many have no place to go because this is their only income?Some one says things are getting better.NOT in MI.The fact is our so called government of michigan aren't loosing their income.Budget money problems.Would not be so if jobs were here.Some one is not doing what is needed to get jobs here.WHY?Certain ones childish ways,they have no clue what it is like to have nothing?Self centered and many words don't come close to what has been done to mich.or this country.Thanks to all that caused this to happen.Humans hurting humans is what greed does.Maybe on judgement day when many are taken and put with the evil one they will have their own gov in H---.Problem is they won't be taking all their money with them.So how it will work??We are as a country headed down.Simply because the bible wasn't listened to by many.God be with all needing and deprived.Suffering and hungry,without homes and warmth in the winter.With out jobs and incomes.Pray.
  • by shirley Location: hillsdale countymi on Aug 26, 2009 at 05:44 PM
    CALL 211.The helping hand.I hate to make jenn sound like she is behind but most poor are aware of this number.The problem is it also depends on what county you are from.We are in hillsdale county.They can tell you who to call and so on.In this county they can't always give one help.Certain needed items ect just aren't there enless donated.With so many NOT working and no jobs to be found that leaves donations slim to nothing.A lot of people can't even afford second hand stores.Freecycle is a great way to get things and keeps stuff out of landfills.However not enough have to give away and so many respond one must be the first caller.211 has been around for over a year in this county.They can only do what they can and I hate to tell jenn but they don't have all the answers.Many things are still needed to help out the poor,at least in this county.When we mask a problem it don't get solved.So jenn and those running this state.211 is not all the help people need.We need jobs too.ASAP!
  • by Anonymous Location: Lansing, MI on Aug 26, 2009 at 11:49 AM
    The biggest problem with the country is greed. And when greed is the primary concern; it breeds corruption. American has been for sale for years by the very ones that are supposed to be for the people. Nobody in office cares about the effects of the now because later they will still be taken care of. How can we be fairly represented when we have people in an office are so far removed from reality they cannot even associate with anyone from a middle to lower class? When you have enough money to buy your way through life the cares of the common person are no longer going to be a concern.
  • by Joe Location: Mi. on Aug 26, 2009 at 05:52 AM
    The costs of many things now are based on jobs paying at least 18.00 an hr.Guess how many don't make that much.Those that did work at high paying auto jobs,set a trend in what greedy ones thought they could get off the public.Insurances,utilities,the costs of homes,rents,foods,car prices and so on.Well many making that good money now have what?No jobs,loss of jobs,put many without the means to pay anything.Unions pushed and got higher this or that.Prices of products had to go up to cover unions demands.Did unions save jobs in the end?NO.There are still some with large incomes.To balance out what the government lost in taxes from job loss,the better off ones will have to pay higher taxes,or the gov won't have enough tax money to do what is needed done.Greed is going to be reversed on some.Or many will be taking a big cut in pay.If all leads to a depression and this country falls to it's knees it will be because of greed.How much are wars costing?Plus other costs?Jobs are where?
  • by terry rice Location: eaton rapids on Aug 25, 2009 at 03:25 PM
    They should layoff all of the people in the senate and then let him tell us we are not worth the money sence they get paid for doing nothing for us all the time and don't think nothing of it. Alot of use work in the shop for over 25 year and then watch are jobs go south because of are senator and congrassman did nothing to stop the from going.
  • by Dave Location: Litchfield on Aug 25, 2009 at 09:49 AM
    I think that when most of the people exhaust their unemployment benefits the economy will take another downturn, possibly worse than what we have already been through. I think there will be a Second Great Depression coming soon. As for the high costs of products and services, I would blame the CEOs and top management who believe they deserve their $100K /yr while paying their workforce minimum wage and expecting their workers to be able to live on it. [Are there any couples out there, no kids, living comfortably (good job, good house, good car, good food, good medical care) on $25K / yr?] They ship our jobs overseas and don't have a clue as to why their products and services don't sell domestically. How can you purchase something if you don't have a job? Of course, it is just not CEOs and top management, the politicians (federal, state, and local) and unions also have a significant share of the blame.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    Do most of these people take jobs that pays them less than they were making on unemployement? It is time for some of these individuals to learn that they can not afford the same lifestyle.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2009 at 05:27 AM
    So what now when this happens? where are the jobs.A lot more will be lost.They give reports that things are getting better.For whom?This says what for the economy?No one can spend money or pay taxes,pay bills, with a 0 income.Not everyone have family and friends to move in with.Even if one has a spouse still working,it won't pay enough bills,rent or house payments,food ect.I still don't know why our USA government has let so many jobs go over seas.Nor do I understand why the unions were allowed to keep raising wages ect,causing companies to raise prices of cars and products to the point people could not buy and the companies were forced to go under,lay off thousands,ask to be bailed out and so on.The gov didn't want to say NO to the rich.Now many will suffer.God be with us all.
  • by Greg Location: Mason on Aug 25, 2009 at 05:26 AM
    I had my class 30th class re-union and one of my classmates moved to Iowa where the unemployment rate is very low; JOBS! Last one out of Michigan turn the lights out.
  • by Chris Location: dug out cave in Mason on Aug 24, 2009 at 06:23 PM
    The Number who exhaust their benefits will continue to rise drastically over the coming years. These people will be supported by friends and family and thats ok, cause its not their fault. Survival of the fitess and every man for himself way of thinking has its days numbered.
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