LANSING, Mich. -

Some unemployed Michigan workers face a 10.7 percent cut in their benefits because of the automatic reduction in the federal budget.

The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says the cuts take effect March 31 for people getting benefits from the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

For weeks that begin on or after March 31, For example, if a claimant is receiving the average weekly benefit amount of $285.21, their new weekly benefit amount would be $254.69.

The federally funded program provides up to 34 weeks of extended benefits for people who have exhausted their regular state benefits.

The UIA is in the process of notifying claimants affected by this change.

Claimants should continue to certify with Michigan’s Automated Response Voice Interactive Network (MARVIN) on their scheduled day and time.

Last month, the White House detailed about $140 million in cuts in Michigan as a result of the automatic federal budget cuts. They include the furloughing of 10,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by $67.7 million.

The White House also says Michigan will lose $14 million in Army base operations expenditures.

For additional information regarding the EUC program, claimants may contact the UIA in the following ways:

  • Visit the UIA website at www.michigan.gov/uia
  • Call the UIA Emergency Unemployment Compensation hotline, 1-800-638-3995 for pre-recorded updates to EUC program information.
  • Call the UIA Customer Service Line at 1-866-500-0017. Customer Service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Visit a UIA Problem Resolution Office (PRO) for in-person assistance. There are 15 PROs statewide. Visit the UIA website at www.michigan.gov/uiafor a list of locations.