The funds that Michigan and other states use to pay jobless workers are running low.
That's raising fears of higher taxes on businesses and less money to help out-of-work employees during tight economic times.
Thirty-three states have funds below recommended levels -- meaning they're at risk of running out in less than a year unless they're replenished as required under federal law.
The fund in Michigan -- suffering from the nation's highest annual unemployment rate -- is at a paltry 2.8 million dollars.
The state has already had to borrow money to keep the fund in the black for the past two fiscal years.