Many workers in the United States and in Michigan have been unemployed for more than six months and have exhausted their regular Unemployment Insurance benefits. Such workers need long-term unemployment benefits, called Emergency Unemployment Compensation, to continue to meet their families’ needs.
Despite that, Congress did not renew Emergency Unemployment Compensation before it expired on Dec. 28. Between Christmas and New Year’s, 1.3 million people nationwide lost benefits, which average less than $270 per week. Each week nothing is done, an additional 72,000 more of the long-term jobless lose Unemployment Insurance.
In Michigan, 113,500 workers lost their benefits by the end of June.
Michigan’s unemployment remains very high. At 7.5% in May, it was the sixth-highest in the country. Unemployed workers need this safety net as they continue to look for work.
Please tell your U.S. Representatives that you want them to renew unemployment insurance and not leave millions of families out in the cold.