MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Thousands of Michigan's unemployed will no longer receive federal benefits.
The government officially ended the Extended Benefits (EB) program Saturday, because Michigan's unemployment rate dropped below 10 percent on January 28, 2012.
The change is a result of legislation passed by the Obama Administration last December.
According to state officials, nearly 267,000 workers filed for unemployment last month; about 11 percent of them are losing federal support. Kristy Borgman of Muskegon is one of them.
"I bought my house on June first and lost my job on June fourth," Borgman said.
The 25-year-old worked as a medical assistant at Apple Family Medicine in Ravenna. Since June, she's been relying on her fiancé, temp work, and an extended weekly benefits check of $243 from the federal government. Saturday, she woke up knowing that check would never come in the mail again.