Almost 45,000 Michiganders will lose their unemployment benefits on the last week of December.
The U.S. House left for the holidays without extending the Emergency Unemployment Compensation, or EUC. The program, which has been extended 12 times since 2009, adds an additional 14 to 47 weeks after the states benefits are used up. In Michigan, it provided 56 weeks of benefits. However, without the extension, only the states maximum of 20 weeks, will be available. Although the democrats were pushing for the extension the republicans believe the program isn't generating new jobs, but rather helping keep the unemployment rate high. Nationally, almost 1.5 million people will lose their benefits.