Michigan's public-assistance agency is bracing for a flood of new applicants for food and cash assistance because nearly 100,000 state residents will lose their unemployment insurance by the end of this year.
The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency says nearly 230 people in Kalamazoo County will have exhausted their benefits between Aug. 24 and Sept. 18. In previous months, the number of people exhausting their benefits has been in the dozens, not hundreds, officials say.
By the end of the year, more than 1,500 people in Kalamazoo County won't be getting the unemployment checks they've depended on as the job market has dried up.
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