LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Gov.-elect Rick Snyder will join other new governors in Washington this week, but he's not saying if he'll push for an extension in federal jobless benefits.
Unless Congress acts, jobless benefits averaging $310 per week nationwide that are being claimed by almost 5 million people who have been out of work for more than six months will end. Michigan already has stopped taking new extended unemployment benefit applications because Congress has failed to renew the program.
Without an extension, 181,500 Michigan residents will stop getting unemployment checks in the next five months. Around 336,000 state residents now draw state or federal jobless benefits.
Michigan has the nation's second-highest jobless rate.
Snyder told reporters Tuesday that, while the jobless are hurting, "there's a balancing act" of what government can afford.
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