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Optimism in the face of lost jobless benefits

Dec 20, 2013
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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.

People who fail or refuse to take a drug test as part of a job search could see their unemployment benefits revoked.

Michiganders who fail or refuse to take a drug test as part of a job search would lose their unemployment benefits under a bill in Lansing.

Michigan’s unemployment rate has dropped slightly to eight-point-five percent.

The state says Michigan's unemployment rate fell 0.3 percentage points to 8.5 percent in the latest month, as number of people working rose while the number of jobless people shrank.

Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency is taking back its decision to only attend administrative insurance fraud hearings when large sums of money are at risk.

Jobless Rates Fall Across Michigan, Rise Up North

Jan 3, 2013
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Unemployment figures have dropped for the majority of Michigan's regional labor markets, but have risen up north. 

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Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate dipped slightly in October, and is down almost a full point from where it was at this time last year. It’s still higher than the national average. 

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Governor Rick Snyder says he doesn’t think voters should base their election decisions on month-to-month changes in jobs numbers. The nation’s new unemployment rate was released Friday. 

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Michigan is reporting a second straight big drop in unemployment, with the rate down 2.1 percentage points in two months.

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Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped in September for the first time in six months. The decline was a very slight one-tenth of a percentage point to 9.3%.

MI Jobless Rate Inches Higher

Sep 19, 2012
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Michigan’s unemployment rate rose in August.

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Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates were up last month in each of Michigan's 17 major labor market areas.

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Michigan’s unemployment rate fell to 8.3% in April – a drop of two-tenths of a percentage point.

LANSING, MI (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder is getting ready to sign bills aimed at saving Michigan employers money on unemployment insurance and worker's compensation benefits. 

He plans to sign the bills at a 3:05 p.m. Monday news conference.

The bills would further limit the ability of a person who was fired for cause or who may have left a job voluntarily from collecting jobless benefits.    

They would require some unemployed workers to take jobs after 10 weeks of benefits even if the jobs are outside the unemployed worker's previous experience or pay lower wages.