Labor and Economic Opportunity
September 30, 2021
Lansing, MI - The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency announced today that residents of Macomb and Oakland counties are now eligible for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits if their work was affected by severe storms and flooding which hit southeast Michigan in late June.
Residents of Oakland and Macomb counties whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted due to heavy rains and subsequent flooding between on June 25 and 26 can now apply for DUA through the Unemployment Insurance Agency. Applications must be filed by November 12, 2021.
The two counties were added to the major disaster declaration approved by President Joe Biden on July 15 for Wayne and Washtenaw counties. The deadline for residents of Wayne and Washtenaw counties to apply for DUA has been extended to November 12.
To be eligible for DUA benefits under Presidential Disaster Declaration FEMA-# 4607 DR, individuals must meet all of the following criteria:
Other individuals who are eligible to apply for DUA must meet one or more of these criteria:
Individuals will need their Social Security number and the name and address of their last employer or prospective employer to file for DUA.
Applicants also must provide proof that they were employed or self-employed or were scheduled to begin (or resume) a job or self-employment when the disaster occurred. Proof of employment can be submitted at the time of filing or within 21 days of filing a claim. A copy of the most recent federal income tax forms or check stubs may also be required (self-employed individuals should also provide Schedules SE and Schedule C or Schedule F.)
Individuals can generally receive up to 26 weeks of benefits as long as his/her unemployment continues to be a result of the disaster. Eligibility will be determined on a week-to-week basis.
To file a claim, download a paper application at Michigan.gov/UIA.