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  • New Federal Assistance for Unemployment

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act expands Michigan’s benefits to self-employed,1099-independent contractors, and low wage workers as well as an increase in weekly pay to all who receive benefits. The Unemployment Insurance Agency will release guidance regarding eligibility and the application process in the coming days. If you have already filed for unemployment benefits, you DO NOT need to reapply at this time.


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    We are aware that phone calls to the Unemployment Insurance Agency may be resulting in busy signals for callers and that the online system may be responding slowly. We encourage you to continue with your attempts to file a claim on the designated day of your last name and to go online on off-peak hours, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Meanwhile, please keep in mind the following:

    • Every employee in Michigan who applies for unemployment benefits will receive them, if eligible.
    • Impacted employees have 28 days from the date of their work stoppage to apply for benefits.
    • Approved claims will be back-dated to reflect the date in which a claimant was laid-off or let go from their job due to COVID-19.
    • Benefits have been expanded to 39 weeks.

    Important notes about the CARES Act and employees who have already filed a claim:

    • You do not need to reapply to receive the additional benefits provided by the CARES Act. 
    • If your file has been denied in the past three weeks, there is no need to reapply at this time. The Agency will review these claims for eligibility.

    For Employer support, view COVID-19 Employer Webinar.

  • File Online for Unemployment Benefits

    The Unemployment Insurance Agency urges Michiganders to use Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM). You will experience longer load times – due to the unprecedented number of claims being filed, it may take several minutes for a page to load. Filing online remains the fastest way for Michiganders to apply for unemployment benefits. View the MiWAM Toolkit for Claimants for step by step instructions on how create your account.

    Helpful tips for applying online:

    • Website load times will be slow. Click a link once, and if necessary, wait for the response without clicking again.
    • Apply online during non-peak hours, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. The 24-hour website operates faster when fewer people are on the site.

    For information on filing a claim, view Fact Sheet 160 - Claiming Unemployment Benefits in Michigan.

    UIA Local Offices closed as of Wednesday, March 18.

    Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) local offices are closed to the public. These changes will remain effective as long as necessary for the health and safety of the public. UIA offices will continue to serve the public and eligible employees are encouraged to apply for benefits online or by calling 866-500-0017.

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