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Michigan businesses have been struggling to find new employees, despite the recent end of federal expanded jobless benefits 

A recent job fair at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth drew a slow, but steady line of applicants. The iconic Michigan holiday outlet is looking for 100 to 150 seasonal employees for its big Christmas sales season. 

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is trying to reassure tens of thousands of Michiganders who’ve been warned they might have to pay back federal jobless benefits.

This affects nearly 650,000 people who initially qualified for the "Pandemic Unemployment Assistance" program. 

The problem is the state included four ways a person could qualify that ultimately were not approved by the federal government. 

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The state of Michigan will take a major step toward normal as most state COVID-19 restrictions are lifted on Tuesday. 

But many businesses continue to struggle with one lingering effect of the pandemic: a labor shortage.

At a legislative committee hearing Thursday, state lawmakers heard from representatives from different industries. Tony Daoud operates gas stations in the Flint area. He blames pandemic jobless benefits that pay more than he does for his business’ struggle to recruit and retain hourly workers.

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It’s a laborless Labor Day for many Michiganders as the coronavirus pandemic continues to shutter businesses across the state.

The spectre of a second spike in cases has many concerned about another spike in unemployment claims.

If there's another spike in jobless claims tied to COVID-19, the head of Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency says his department will be ready.

Director Steve Gray testified last week before a special joint legislative committee on the state's response to the coronavirus.

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Michiganders waiting months on state unemployment claims should soon have an answer.

The Unemployment Insurance Agency is pledging to process the remaining nearly 12,000 claims filed before May 1 by July 4.

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Some Democratic state lawmakers and activists say now is the time to permanently extend and expand unemployment benefits in Michigan.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than a million Michiganders have applied for unemployment benefits. The state is expanding jobless benefits during the pandemic.

But State Representative Terry Sabo (D-Muskegon) says the COVID-19 crisis revealed problems with the current system.

“It just really puts the microscope on how our unemployment insurance agency is now structured,” says Sabo.