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Time running out to extend federal jobless benefits

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U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) says the situation is "shameful"

Time is running out for more than 43 thousand Michiganders whose federal unemployment benefits are set to expire next week.

Jobless benefits were extended for the long-term unemployed during the recession.

Unless Congress passes another extension, the benefits will end December 28th.

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow is among those pushing for an extension.

“We have tens of thousands of people in Michigan that are going to lose their help right after Christmas,” says Stabenow, “That’s shameful. There’s no reason for it.”

Yesterday, the state of Michigan sent letters to thousands of Michiganders set to lose their federal jobless benefits. The letter outlines state programs to help them with food, health care and foreclosure assistance.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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