State jobless pay to rise $25 a week

Unemployed Michigan workers will begin collecting an extra $25 a week in unemployment benefits starting next week.
The extra federal-funded benefits are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that was enacted in February.
Unemployed workers will receive a retroactive lump sum payment for any weeks they claimed and were eligible for going back to the week ending February 28, when the benefit increase became effective. The lump sum payment could be $25 to $75. These back payments are expected to be issued in April.
The added benefits will temporarily increase all state and federal unemployment benefit payments and temporarily boost Michigan’s maximum weekly benefit from $362 to $387. The $25 is a temporary payment that will be applied to weeks of unemployment for those with current claims and those who establish claims before the end of 2009. FAC payments will be phased out by the week ending July 3, 2010, according to the state Unemployment Insurance Agency.

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