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Max. Weekly Benefit Amount
$362
Max. Weeks of Benefits
20
Current Jobless Rate
2.9%
Max Weekly Benefit Amount
$362
Max Weeks of benefits
20
Current Jobless rate
2.9%

Updated : May 15th, 2019

Unemployment Insurance is handled by The Department of Talent and Economic Development in the state of Michigan. The department offers monetary benefits to those who have lost jobs for no fault of their own.

The department also offers various other services to make the claimants of the UI benefits more competent and help them get jobs easily. The following information will help you understand the criteria for eligibility, how to apply, how much benefits you may approximately receive and other information that you will need to know throughout the times you receive unemployment benefits.

Eligibility to Apply for UI Benefits in Michigan

To be eligible for unemployment benefits in the state of Michigan, applicants are expected to meet monetary, work separation and job search requirements to gain and maintain eligibility for unemployment benefits.

Monetary Eligibility

To gain monetary eligibility for unemployment benefits, you must make sure that you have enough wages in your base period. The state of Michigan evaluates your monetary eligibility using one of the two types of base period calculations – standard base period and alternative base period.

The Department of Talent and Economic Development first looks into the wages you have earned in your Standard Base Period. This period consists of four calendar quarters, and the wages earned in the first four of the last five calendar quarters will be considered for eligibility. The following criteria must be fulfilled to be considered eligible:

  • You must have received wages in at least two calendar quarters in the base period.  
  • In your quarter you earned your highest wages in the base period, you earned at least $3,598.
  • The total base period wages must be at least 1.5 times more than the wages earned in the highest earning quarter.

If you fail to meet the criteria through the standard base period calculations, the concerned department will automatically look into the Alternative Base Period. As per the alternative base period, wages earned in the last four calendar quarters will be considered for determining eligibility.

The state of Michigan offers a third option to those who do not have the wages to qualify in the standard base period or in the alternative period, called the Alternative Earnings Qualifier. As per this, the applicant must:

  • Have wages in at least two calendar quarters in the base period.
  • The wages earned in the highest earning quarter must be at least 20 times the State Average Weekly Wage.

The Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA), or the amount you may receive if you qualify for the unemployment benefits, is determined by the quarterly wages. The maximum WBA that an applicant can earn in Michigan is $362.

The benefit period or the number of weeks you would receive the monetary benefits is also based on the wages earned in the base period. To determine the benefit period, your total base period wages are multiplied by 43 percent and is divided by your WBA. The maximum number of weeks one may be eligible for is 20 weeks and the minimum is for 14 weeks.

Find out more about eligibility

Job Separation

The reason for your separation from your previous organization crucial to determine your eligibility for unemployment benefits. There are certain preconditions that applicants must satisfy to gain eligibility for unemployment benefits:

  • You must have lost the job due to no fault of your own.
  • You were asked to leave from your organization or your working hours were shortened in your place of work due to lack of work.
  • The reason for your separation should not be your involvement in any criminal activities.
  • You were not fired due to reasons such as misconduct or drug abuse.

The Department of Talent and Economic Development will conduct a background check on this by consulting your previous employer. If the reason for the separation given by your employer does not match with your reason, you may not gain eligibility for unemployment benefits.

Find out if your job separation reason is valid and if you’re eligible for benefits using the eligibility calculator below.

Learn more about factors influencing eligibility

Maintaining Eligibility

The responsibility of maintaining eligibility does not end with claiming for benefits, as claimants must maintain eligibility throughout the benefit period. If at any point, a claimant becomes ineligible during the benefits weeks, the benefit amount will not be issued to such candidates.  

To make sure that the claimant maintains eligibility through the benefit period, he/she must follow the below mentioned points:

  • The claimant must be able to work throughout the benefit period.
  • The claimant must be available to work throughout the benefit period.
  • The claimant must be actively pursuing jobs.
  • The claimant must report at least two search contacts made every week.
  • After collecting 50 percent of the entitled benefits, the claimant must apply for and accept any work that is suitable.
  • The claimant must be reporting for benefits as directed by the agency.

Find out more on job search fulfillment requirement

How to Apply For UI Benefits in Michigan?

In order to file a claim for benefits, you must remember to submit the following documents:

 

There are a number of options to file for unemployment benefits in the state of Michigan, such as:

Online

The applicants can log in to Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) to apply for benefits online. The online portal is accessible 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. You can register as a new user if you are filing for the first time, or can log in using your ID and password if you’re returning to apply for weekly benefits.

Telephone

Call Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Customer Line to file unemployed benefits by dialing 1-866-500-0017. If you suffer from hearing impairment, dial the TYY line 1-866-366-0004 to receive unemployment insurance services.

You can reach the customer line from Monday to Friday, from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. You can also get help in Spanish by selecting Spanish as your preferred language.

The state of Michigan also allows the applicant to file claims through the Michigan Automated Response Voice Interactive Network (MARVIN). Dial 1-866-638-3993 to claim for weekly benefits.

How to File Weekly Claims

Connect with The Department of Talent and Economic Development through either MARVIN or MiWAM to collect your weekly benefit amount.

You must use the Michigan Identification Number (MIN) for security and privacy reasons every time you try to obtain unemployment insurance services. The MIN number can be found on most letters mailed or e-mailed to you by the department, and this will be linked to all your UI documents.

Find out more on claiming weekly benefits

UI Benefits Amount

The calculation of weekly benefit amount takes in various components into consideration. You can now find out what could your weekly benefit amount using the benefits calculator.
Find out the approximate weekly benefit amount you may receive using the calculator below:

Benifits Calculator

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Disclaimer: The estimates are good in faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for any loss and damages caused by using the tools on our website. This calculator is here to assist you in evaluating what you might obtain if you are entitled to receive benefits. We make no promises that the sum you receive will be equal to what the calculator illustrates.

Get more information on benefit criteria

Things to Know After Filing An Application

Claimants must be aware of various responsibilities, opportunities, and prohibitions that are applicable even after filing the application for weekly benefits. This will help the claimants to make full use of all the services provided by the state of Michigan, without breaking any rules.

Overpayments and Frauds

An overpayment occurs when a claimant is paid excessive benefit amount, more than what he/she is entitled to. It occurs due to a variety of reasons, such as:

  • The claimant made a mistake while certifying for benefits.
  • The claimant was not able or available for work during one of the benefits weeks, or throughout the period, or the claimant has willfully given false information, withheld important information, or misrepresented important information while filing for benefits.
  • The claimant received benefits while an appeal was in motion, and later, the issued judgment decided that the total benefit amount paid was in excess to the claimant.

If it’s found that you have received an overpayment, the concerned department will send you a letter notifying about the overpayment and process of repayment. You must immediately call the concerned authorities on 1-800-638-6372 if you are currently employed but were overpaid.

The state of Michigan takes cases of Fraud seriously. Detecting and prosecuting cases of fraud is seen as a priority by the state’s UI program. A regular audit is conducted to ensure that the benefits are given out ap the state and federal law.

Some of the instances, which could be considered as fraud, that you should avoid are:

  • Finding a part-time job and beginning work while still collecting benefits without reporting about your earnings to the UI department.
  • You were either not able to work or were not available for work but collected the UI benefits.
  • You gave wrong information about the weekly work search efforts.
  • You forged documents to mislead the department that you were eligible for UI benefits.
  • You allowed someone other than yourself to complete your bi-weekly certifications.
  • You let somebody else other than yourself to report on MiWAM or MARVIN for UI benefits.

If it’s found that you were involved in fraud, you may be subjected to the following:

  • You will have to pay back 1.5 times the excessive benefit amount received.
  • You may not receive the benefit amount for the remainder of your benefit period.
  • You could face criminal prosecution.
  • In the event you are prosecuted, you will have to pay the court fees and fines, face jail time or perform community service, or any combination of these.

Benefits Extension

There are no state or federal government funded benefit extension programs active in Michigan. No alternative exists to collect benefits after the end of the stipulated benefit period.

Job Training Assistance

The state of Michigan runs a program called ‘No Worker Left Behind’ (NWLB), which aims to help workers acquire the skills necessary to succeed in the present global scenario. The state defines the vision of the program as the following:

  • Accelerate worker transitions through learning.
  • Support the employers and economic development of the state of Michigan.
  • Make use of existing training resources.

The NWLB offers some important services to the applicants which will help them in finding new avenues for their careers, such as:

  • Under this program, an applicant can claim free tuition at any Michigan community college, university, or any other approved training programs.
  • Skill assessment given by the Michigan Works! Agencies (MWA).
  • The MWAs will assist the applicants who pass out of the colleges to find placements.
  • The MWAs will help the participants identify high demand occupation in the region.

View more about the job training opportunities in Michigan

Michigan Office Locations and Phone Numbers

If you have any queries that you want to directly take up with the personnel of The Department of Talent and Economic Development, you can reach them either by telephone calls or visit the local offices.

The list below contains the important phone numbers you may need during your benefit period in Michigan:

MI Unemployment Office Phone Numbers

UI Customer Service Line 1-866-500-0017
UI Customer Service Line TTY Users 1-866-366-0004
Filing Claims - Cantonese 1-800-547-3506
MARVIN 1-866-638-3993
Fraud Hotline 1-855-842-7463
Work Search Report Submission Fax: 1-517-636-0427
Michigan Works! 1-800-285-9675
Overpayment Collection Unit 1-800-638-6372
Advocacy Program 1-800-638-3994
Trade Act 1-866-241-0152
Alternatively, you can also visit the Unemployment Insurance Local Officesto find out more about unemployment benefits in person.

Frequently Asked Question

Q. Can a pregnant woman placed on a leave of absence collect unemployment benefits?
If you are placed on a mandatory maternity leave of absence, you will not be denied unemployment benefits while on the leave as long as you remain able to work during the leave. However, if you requested to be placed on a maternity leave of absence, you will not be considered "unemployed" during the leave and therefore will not be entitled to unemployment benefits during the leave.
Q. Will I be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if I am a temporary or probationary employee?
Wages paid to a temporary or probationary employee will be considered as the same as wages paid to a permanent employee for unemployment benefits purposes. They can be used to establish a claim if:
  • the temporary employee files a claim for benefits,
  • the wages from the temporary or short-term employment fall in the base period,
  • the claimant has enough total base period wages to establish a claim, and
  • The claimant worked in covered employment under the law.
If these conditions are met, the employer will be charged a percentage of the benefits proportional to the claimant's earnings with that employer during the base period.
Q. Where can I get help if I still have questions?
If you have a question or problem with your claim, you can call on the filed-claims number using a touch-tone telephone and inquire about your claim at 1-866-500-0017. The inquiry option is available weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

You can also visit the Problem Resolution Offices for answers to your questions or help to resolve problems with your claim. The office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Q. I don't remember my username or password. What should I do?
If you don’t have your User Name, please visit the MIWAM home page, select “Forgot your Username?” to receive your username in your email. Enter your email address, Employer Account Number, and answer to your secret question. Click the ‘Email my Username” button and your username will be emailed to you.

If you don’t have your Password access the MiWAM Login screen. Click on “Forgot your Password?” and follow the prompts to reset your password. You will receive instructions in your email to reset your password.

If you are locked out of your account, please contact the Office of Employer Ombudsman (OEO) at 855-484-2636 or MiWAM Support at 313 456 2188 to have your account unlocked.
Q. It's been over 10 days and I haven't received an Authorization Code. What do I do now?
Go to the MiWAM Homepage and select the Lost/Never Received Authorization Code Link. Enter your email address and UI employer number (including the three trailing zeroes) And “Request Authorization Letter”
If it has been at least 10 business days, the Request Authorization Letter Confirmation window will appear with a confirmation number.
Q. What is MARVIN?
MARVIN or "Michigan's Automated Response Voice Interactive Network" is an automated computer system that lets people who are collecting unemployment report (or "certify") to UIA by using touch-tone telephones. When you file for unemployment, you will get instructions about how to "talk" with MARVIN.
Q. What are the penalties for collecting unemployment benefits fraudulently?
Your benefit year may be terminated and any remaining rights to benefits canceled.
For all (re)determinations, decisions and orders of intentional misrepresentation issued on or after July 1, 2018, the penalty assessed is 1 times the amount obtained for the first offense, 1.5 times the amount obtained the second offense and 4 times the amount obtained for cases involving identity theft.
For determinations issued prior July 1, 2018, and redeterminations of determinations issued prior to July 1, 2018, the fraud penalties will continue to be 2 times the overpayment if the amount obtained was less than $500.00 and 4 times the overpayment if the obtained amount was $500.00 or more.
Q. Where or whom do I contact to report a fraudulent claim?
To report a company or employee for committing UI fraud, contact one of the following:
  • Report fraud online at www.michigan.gov/uia and select the “Report Fraud” or “Report Identity Theft”.
  • Call the UI Fraud Hotline at 1-855-842-7463
  • Complete the Statement of Identity Theft (Form 6349) found on UI web page in the “What’s New Section.” You may submit the form in person at a Problem Resolution Office, by mail at Unemployment Insurance, PO Box 169, Grand Rapids, MI 49501, or by fax at 517-636-0427.
Q. What collection methods are used to recover benefit payments?
The claimants will have the following options to repay the outstanding debts:
  • Voluntary Wage Assignment (allows UI to receive 15% of your gross pay for repayment).
  • Intercept your federal income tax refund through the United States Department of Treasury.
  • Intercept your state income tax refund through the Michigan Department of Treasury.
  • Administrative garnishment without obtaining a court order (25% of your disposable pay).
  • Withhold future unemployment benefits to pay the debt.
  • Take legal action in the courts to collect the debt.

Questions & Answers

  1. I have 14 weeks left of benefits and was set to start a new temp position last week when my parents were in a bad auto accident. My mom was in a coma. I called to delay my start date and the temp agency just cancelled the assignment. They were also my parting employer when I applied for benefits. I just certified and it says my benefit amount is zero. Do you think the staffing place reported me as having refused work? I’ve had no notifications. Thanks.

  2. I will be transitioning from the Military and there will be a few month long gap before I am able to begin working again at a Federal Job. Can I draw unemployment during the in between time?

    1. David,

      You should be as long as the exit was due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for more.

  3. I recently filed for unemployment on week January 13th online and didn’t realize I had to go to Michigan works until following week by then due to Michigan weather office nearest me was shut down for two days and our county put on Emergency severe weather. My truck wouldn’t start cause it was so cold so Friday February 1st I drove to the next open agency which was 2 days late for registration will this did qualify me I got paper that says it does what should I do please help TIA

    1. Christie,

      I don’t think this should disqualify you from filing a claim. Please let the authorities know about your situation and they should oblige.

  4. I made a claim over two weeks ago and it says I need to register at michigan works which I did a few days ago. Was wondering how long its going to take for my claim to verify that I have registered at michigan works.

    1. Brad,

      Please wait for 7-10 business days at least. If you don’t hear within this timeline, make sure to chase regularly until you have a concrete update.

  5. I have been carrying 3 jobs for years, 1 full time job, which carries my benefits, and 2 part time jobs that do not offer benefits.. I was recently terminated from the FT job that carried my benefits. Can I claim unemployment even though I still have the other jobs?

  6. i worked full time in Michigan for 37 straight years was laid off dec of 2017 how long am i able to collect unemployment benefits the person i talked at unemployment office said 20 weeks i understood it to be 52 one full year?

    1. Gregg,

      A claimant can collect up to 26 weeks of regular benefits. the length of benefits is determined during the processing phase.

  7. I worked for a factory from October 2014 to November 2016. I quit because they were scheduling me to work for 7 days a week for 7 to 8 months straight out of a year. In August of 2016, I returned to college to get my bachelor’s degree full time. I am also still enrolled in college full time. I have been out of work since November 2016 despite my attempts to find at least a part time job to help me while I’m in school, but I’ve been turned down at all the places I have applied to. Am I eligible to receive unemployment because I am in college to finish my computer science degree and my efforts to find a job have been unsuccessful for over a year?

  8. My employer has decided to move my current office-based job to Arkansas and they are closing the office in one week. My employer has said my job will now require me to drive each day to various locations in SouthEastern Michigan. I will not be able to maintain this position. I’m very upset – I’ve worked hard for the company and now I don’t know what to do.
    Can I reject the new role they have offered me and still receive unemployment benefits?
    Or do I have to take this job and try to make it work, until they end up firing me for failing to perform well?
    I was only given 3 days notice on this change – and I’m frantic.

    1. Linda,

      Generally, if you quit under such circumstances, it can be considered voluntary. However, there are exceptions. Before resigning, please speak to the Unemployment Office in your state to inquire about your eligibility.

  9. The employee quit work for another job. And got fired from new job within a month. Now has filed employment through our company. Can he be eligible through our company?

    1. Purina,

      As far as I am aware, he may not be eligible from your company. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for clarification.

  10. hi can you get benefits for bring a teacher aid. no payment during the summer months. not sure if job is there come the new school year. last pay ck is the last day of school.

  11. I worked in upstate Michigan from February, 2015 through August, 2016. My company placed me in California from then through January, 2017. I was placed on leave without pay on February 3, 2017. I have not been laid off. Work will probably not start until late fall 2017. Am I eligible for Michigan Unemployment?

    1. If you’re under a contract or seasonal employment, you may not qualify.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  12. My unemployment benefits from a previous job expired in May(required to use an older employer and not the most recent one.) The benefit year renews in July would I be able to reapply for unemployment using the most recent job?

    1. If you have benefit weeks left in your account, you should be able to claim the rest.

      Please call the Claims Center to find out more.

  13. I recently quit my job and have text proof that if I stayed longer than I wanted to, they would not contest my unemployment. I left the company due to a hostile work environment. Owners were sleeping with employees, one was combative toward me, hard drugs were being used while in the office with prostitutes and much more!The company was splitting up and I was told I would be fired once I was used to train the new owner the front office anyway. I applied for unemployment & they contested anyway. I sent them multiple screen shots of text messages showing the admission of drug use and also the agreement that was made. One boss, is not “insinuating” that I should feel lucky as he is not pressing charges for me forging his name on checks. However, I ONLY did so with instruction from him himself & EVERY TIME I told him I was not comfortable doing so, but in fear of losing my only source of income to pay the mortgage, I did as he asked. Does he have grounds to stand on? & What are my chances of receiving unemployment benefits now that they were contested? I was told that I will receive an answer from UIA as to whether I have been approved, denied or if they are sending the “Documented info to upper management for further investigation.”

    1. I am sorry to hear about the ordeal. From what you’ve written, you should be eligible. If they deny initially, make a stronger case and file and appeal. Make sure to produce all possible documentary evidence including a timeline of events to support your stance.

  14. I just filed for my first two weeks of unemployment earlier this week and have not received my payment – how do I check on that?

    1. You can either check online, on the department’s website by logging in or by calling the Claims Center on the phone numbers provided.

  15. Last month my employer called me. Stated someone with my previous name and social security number has submitted a claim for unemplyment benefits. I called and left a LONG message at the fraud hotline. The hotline states that they don’t have to acknowledge anything. So who knows if they are doing anything with my fraud claim. I also called the main number. They new instantly something was incorrect. The address I gave them was wrong. That stopped any talking to me. You would think that this would send warning flags to the system. I also field a police report. My employer called and spoke to a person that took information and requested that I also call the fraud hotline. My employer also returned the paperwork stating that this was fraud and that I was employed. A month has now passed. My employer (yes I still working) received another claim from the same person using my name and SS#. Employer called again. Stated again this was fraud. The state has no recollection of any phone calls or paperwork. They have been paying this person!! What else can a person do to stop this??

  16. I suffered an on the job injury in Dec. of 2014 and was collecting Comp until I returned in March of 2015. Effective 4/1/16 my position as a Shipping Auditor was combined into a full shipping associate. The company did not “due away with the duties” of the Auditor position, however, it was no longer considered a separate job listing rather instead was merged into the full shipping position meaning anyone and everyone in that department would be required to cross train and work all areas. Because of my injury, I can not lift the additional weight or twist turn and bend at the rate the new position would require. (a doctor confirmed this diagnosis) As a result I was sent home where I collected 18 weeks of short term disability. At the end of the 18 weeks, I was “let go”. It’s my understanding it is listed as a termination on their records and they have stated they will fight any unemployment claims just as they have fought all requests for additional comp claims. I did secure a temporary contract in an office job within the first week of being let go, but that contract is set to expire in the next 2 weeks. I have no issues in my file, the only justification they have for ending my employment is that they did away with my position (even though they claim it’s still there). Based on the estimation calculator even though I have worked the last 5 months in the Temp position, it will be the factory I was let go from that unemployment will look at. Do you think this is going to create an issue with my unemployment claim?

  17. I lost my job because I was incarcerated. I worked the job as a temporary worker till I got hired in a permanent position. I filed for unemployment now that I’ve done that their saying adjudication pending I’ve been waiting since August 15 I’ve already got determination letter in the mail for my benefits so how long do I have to wait for adjudication process and does this mean I get approved or denied?

  18. I’m Trumon smith I’m trying to apply for unemployment I got fried from my job Yes it was my fault but I was the best worker there and I felt like I’m owed

    1. I can understand your situation.

      Unfortunately, you will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  19. I was placed on administrative leave from my position for 3 months, and not paid, for mental health issues. I have returned to work, with extensive financial impact. Can I claim unemployment benefits for that time off work?

    1. Voluntary reasons are generally not considered. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further details.

  20. I recently had a miscarriage at work, was forced to wait there for hours until someone came to relieve me to go to the hospital. The medication my doctor has me on has affected my performance slightly as my body adjusts to it. As a result, my boss has suspended me. I am not sure how long I am suspended for, but I am a salary worker, and my recent paycheck is not for my salary. She claims I am still employed with the company, but she took my keys to the store (that I am the store manager of) told me to stop taking my medication and “get it together” Am I eligible for any help?

    1. You can be eligible to draw Unemployment Benefits if you quit due to hostile working conditions.

      Please speak to the Unemployment Office in your state before making a decision in this regard.

  21. I moved back to Michigan from AZ I received unemployment from AZ and it is my last week I worked in MI for over 30 years can I collect unemployment for MI the last day I worked in MI was October 1 of 2007 1

    1. To be eligible, you’re required to have active employment in the last 4-5 calendar quarters.

      Please use the Benefits Calculator available on this site to check.

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