Mich. behind in sending $75 unemployment checks

Lansing, MI – Michigan's jobless workers could get an extra $75 next week.

The state was supposed to give an extra $25 a week to jobless workers starting Feb. 23, thanks to the federal recovery package.

But it took until the week of March 16 to include the extra money in unemployment payments.

The state's just finishing up computer programming that will get the three retroactive $25-a-week payments to jobless workers for Feb. 23 to March 13.

Unemployment Insurance Agency spokesman Norm Isotalo says it "looks promising" the retroactive payments will go out next week - "providing there's no glitches." With the extra $25 a week, Michigan's maximum weekly unemployment benefit is $387.

The extra money will disappear in July 2010.