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Northern Michigan Reacts to Expiration of Emergency Unemployment Benefits

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More than a million Americans are no longer receiving Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits. Funding expired over the weekend.

Of the people affected, 45,000 live here in Michigan.

Congress did not include an extension for the program in the new budget and will not look at the issue until legislators return in January.

The program provided additional weeks for the long-term unemployed. Right now up to 20 weeks of benefits are available but under the old program 56 weeks was the maximum.

Michigan Works says they can help people find jobs.

"There are jobs out there. You just have to consider an employer is looking at multiple applicants for a position rather than just a few, so making yourself stand out, and there are a lot of ways to do that," said Michigan Works Manager Jane Butzier based out of the Traverse City office.

It is unclear if Congress will extend the program put in place during the recent recession.