Michigan Unemployment Checks Get New Look; New Security Features Added to Jobless Checks

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Unemployment Agency

    DETROIT, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The look of unemployment in Michigan is
 changing.  At least, the look of unemployment checks is changing.
     Michigan's Unemployment Agency (UA), which administers the state's
 unemployment insurance program, is making changes to the state unemployment
 checks to enhance their security by reducing the possibility that the checks
 can be copied or counterfeited.
     UA Director Jack Wheatley said the agency is enhancing the security
 features on its unemployment checks for two reasons.
     "First, the sophistication of today's photocopiers, scanners and computer
 printers makes it easier for any check to be duplicated," he explained.  "And,
 secondly, now is a good time for us to make these enhancements as we prepare
 to shift the printing of unemployment checks to new high-speed equipment."
     The agency will switch to the new checks on May 1.
     The unemployment checks will feature the following security measures:
 
     *  A two-color (red and blue) pantograph background on the check's face;
     *  A microline near the top of the check's face that repeats the words
        "Unemployment Agency;"
     *  An artificial watermark that is repeated across the back of the check;
     *  A paper stock that is sensitive to bleach and solvents and will stain
        the paper if used to alter the check;
     *  Invisible fluorescent fibers in the paper that make it difficult to
        photocopy the check; and
     *  A special coating on the paper that locks the toner into the stock,
        making it hard to use tape to remove printed information from the check
        in order to alter an entry.
 
     The Unemployment Agency issued over two million unemployment checks in
 2000, representing just over $1 billion in unemployment benefits.
     The Unemployment Agency is an agency within the Michigan Department of
 Consumer & Industry Services, the state's primary licensing and regulatory
 department.
     Unemployment Agency news releases are available at the agency's Web site
 (www.miua.com ).
 
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SOURCE Unemployment Agency
    DETROIT, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The look of unemployment in Michigan is
 changing.  At least, the look of unemployment checks is changing.
     Michigan's Unemployment Agency (UA), which administers the state's
 unemployment insurance program, is making changes to the state unemployment
 checks to enhance their security by reducing the possibility that the checks
 can be copied or counterfeited.
     UA Director Jack Wheatley said the agency is enhancing the security
 features on its unemployment checks for two reasons.
     "First, the sophistication of today's photocopiers, scanners and computer
 printers makes it easier for any check to be duplicated," he explained.  "And,
 secondly, now is a good time for us to make these enhancements as we prepare
 to shift the printing of unemployment checks to new high-speed equipment."
     The agency will switch to the new checks on May 1.
     The unemployment checks will feature the following security measures:
 
     *  A two-color (red and blue) pantograph background on the check's face;
     *  A microline near the top of the check's face that repeats the words
        "Unemployment Agency;"
     *  An artificial watermark that is repeated across the back of the check;
     *  A paper stock that is sensitive to bleach and solvents and will stain
        the paper if used to alter the check;
     *  Invisible fluorescent fibers in the paper that make it difficult to
        photocopy the check; and
     *  A special coating on the paper that locks the toner into the stock,
        making it hard to use tape to remove printed information from the check
        in order to alter an entry.
 
     The Unemployment Agency issued over two million unemployment checks in
 2000, representing just over $1 billion in unemployment benefits.
     The Unemployment Agency is an agency within the Michigan Department of
 Consumer & Industry Services, the state's primary licensing and regulatory
 department.
     Unemployment Agency news releases are available at the agency's Web site
 (www.miua.com ).
 
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