unemployment

Optimism in the face of lost jobless benefits

Dec 20, 2013
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.

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.

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