Federally-funded Unemployment Benefits Reduced

LANSING, Mich. (AP) â¿¿ Michigan residents will no longer be able to receive some federally-funded benefits because the state's unemployment rate has fallen below 9 percent.

People who exhaust their Tier 3 benefits after April 13 will no longer be able to make a Tier 4 claim under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

The program provides unemployment benefits for people who have already collected all of the state benefits for which they are eligible.

Tier 4 provides up to seven weeks of benefits in states with unemployment rates of at least 9 percent.

People currently receiving Tier 4 benefits can continue to receive any remaining benefits until they have been exhausted.

About 205,000 people claim unemployment benefits in Michigan.

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