Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Optimism in the face of lost jobless benefits

Daphne Whitfield is a staff volunteer at Tabernacle of David in Lansing.  She's one of nearly 45,000 Michigan residents who will lose their federal unemployment insurance benefit on Dec. 28.  Whitfield says she's undeterred by the loss.  She's a full-time student and is planning to launch her own clothing business soon.
Daphne Whitfield is a staff volunteer at Tabernacle of David in Lansing. She's one of nearly 45,000 Michigan residents who will lose their federal unemployment insurance benefit on Dec. 28. Whitfield says she's undeterred by the loss. She's a full-time student and is planning to launch her own clothing business soon.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

The holidays can be a stressful time in and of themselves, but some  Michigan residents are bracing for more difficulty.  About 45,000 people in the state who are currently receiving unemployment insurance through a federal extension program will lose that benefit by the end of the month.

That’s because Republicans in the U-S House opted not to extend the program in the latest budget package passed this week.

Current State’s Kevin Lavery spoke with Daphne Whitfield, who’s losing that funding this month. 

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