Michigan Unemployment Benefit Questions

Do I still get my unemployment benefits if I enter a college, school or specialized training program?

This depends on the type of training you are doing as determined by the UIA. Please contact the UIA to find out about your specific situation.

How much will I get in benefits?

To calculate your Weekly Benefit Amount:

  1. Multiply the wages you were paid in the high quarter of your base period by 4.1% (0.041). Round down to the nearest dollar.
  2. Add $6 for each dependent, up to 5 dependents.
  3. The sum of steps 1 and 2 is you Weekly Benefit Amount. It cannot be more than $362. The minimum Weekly Benefit Amount is $81.

Can I work and still collect unemployment benefits?

If you work less than full-time during a calendar week, you can obtain unemployment benefits for that week as long as the combination of what you earn plus your unemployment benefits is not more than 1.5 times your weekly unemployment rate.

How many weeks can I collect unemployment?

To calculate the number of weeks of entitlement,

  1. Multiply your total base period wages by 40% (0.4)
  2. Divide the result in step 1 by your Weekly Benefit Amount
  3. Round down to the nearest half-week. The result is the number of weeks you may receive benefits. The maximum is 20 weeks and the minimum is 14 weeks, except for benefits based on family employment, in which case benefits are limited to 7 weeks.

I work in a business my family owns; can I collect unemployment insurance if I am laid off?

  1. If you work for a sole proprietorship owned by your spouse or child, or owned by your parent or parents (if you are under age 18), then you cannot draw unemployment benefits based on that work.
  2. If you work for a partnership comprised solely of your spouse or children, or comprised solely of your parents (if you are under age 18), then you cannot draw unemployment benefits based on that work, either.
  3. If, however, you work for a corporation more than 50% of whose shares are owned by you, or by your child or spouse, or any combination of these, benefits are limited to 7.5 weeks. Or, if you work for a corporation more than 50% of whose shares are owned by your parents and you are under age 18, benefits are limited to 7.5 weeks.

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59 thoughts on “Michigan Unemployment Benefit Questions”

  1. Bob says:

    I have 64 hours of sick days per calendar year at my job. If I use all my 64 hours I will be terminated . Can I collect unemployment

    1. Sam says:


      This is a strange situation. Please call the Unemployment Office for a detailed discussion.

  2. lisa says:

    if I have two days to file from termination (I was fired Thursday) but my call in day is Tuesday do I wait till then or call today?

    1. Sam says:


      If you were fired due to voluntary reasons, you will not be able to claim. If otherwise, please consider filing after your last working day.

  3. Ken says:

    I worked for a company for 5 years and they paid unemployment insurance. In December 2017 they changed my status to contractor and haven’t payed unemployment insurance since then. It appears that our funding will run out and I will be layed off. Am I eligible to receive unemployment insurance?

    1. Sam says:


      I am not really sure about your eligibility. I suggest you call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  4. Justin Droz says:

    I certified on Monday, when will I get my direct deposit?

  5. Domingo says:

    The company I worked for 23 years sold the company to a competitor. If they offer me a job with a drastically reduce in my pay and I don’t accept it can I still apply for Michigan unemployment? Thanks

    1. Sam says:


      It depends on how your state would treat it. Please speak the Claims Center before making a decision on your employment.

  6. Dennis Gendron says:

    what is the required amount needed per. quarter to be able to apply for unemployment this year.

  7. Lynette Benson says:

    My job is being phased out gradually & I was offered under-employment, will that go against or change my unemployment benefits if I don’t find work.

    1. Sam says:


      You can be eligible to claim partial Unemployment Insurance benefits for a reduction in the standard hours. If you lose the job due to involuntary reasons at a later time, please consider applying for benefits until you find another job.

  8. Cbush says:

    I am a part year teacher. The job will be offering contingent positions on an as needed basis. Meaning they will call me if they need me. Will this impact my unemployment benefits.

    1. Martin says:

      It will have a say. People in temp or contract jobs do not generally qualify to receive UI benefits.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  9. billie perry says:

    if i did marvin on a holiday monday……..will i still receive my benifits on wednesday

    1. Martin says:

      I guess you should be able to since the systems are automated.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office.

  10. george says:

    my unemployment determination states,”not adversely affected”. what does that mean?

    1. Martin says:

      Not sure what it means. Please call the claims center on the phone numbers provided for further clarity.

  11. Kate says:

    If I have an appointment with Marvin are my benefits approved?

    1. Martin says:

      Not necessarily. It can be an interview as well.

  12. Jen says:

    I’m a property manager for an apartment complex that is in receivership, the previous owner was foreclosed on the property and I work for the company that has been running the property for the past year. I am a salaried full time employee and I live and work in Saginaw, MI. The property is being auctioned on 04/20/2016. If another management company purchases the property and I’m let go will I be eligible for unemployment if my current employer offers me a job near their corporate office? There are a couple of factors that would effect my ability to transfer that far away, about an hour and a half. I have court ordered joint custody with my ex husband of our three children and I would not be able to relocate that far. Would I be eligible under these circumstances? Corporate office is approximately 90 miles away from my home in Saginaw.

    Best regards,

    1. Martin says:

      Well, there are exceptions if you would like to voluntarily quit for obvious reasons such as relocation. Not sure how it works in Michigan.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for specific information.

  13. Margaret Kumagai says:

    I worked for a year as a contractor. The contract was from Nov. 19, 2014 to Nov. 19, 2015. The contract end then. Can I claim unemployment benefits after looking for work for over 4 months now?

    1. Martin says:

      Contracted employees are generally not eligible.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  14. Mike says:

    I started a new job, the owner then decided to close the business after a month due to third party insurance issues… AM I ELIGIBLE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT.

    1. Martin says:

      If you’ve had active employment in the last 4-5 calendar quarters, please consider applying for UI benefits.

  15. Crystal says:

    Hi i have been with the same company for over 3 years. A year in the the company was switched to new owner same name just new location. I only claimed the most recent one and there is year and half not calculated for. Can i do a new claim on different location? The UIA noticed i didnt claim it and said they looking into it but have not heard nothing else 3 montyhs later. Please help

    1. Martin says:

      Please follow up by phone for an update.

      You cannot apply from a different location if the current claim is pending.

  16. Vernon Keith Eldridge says:

    If I’m terminated am I eligible for unemployment?

    1. Martin says:

      If the reason for termination is involuntary and not your fault, you can claim and draw Unemployment Benefits.

  17. Stephen M. Marek says:

    My company has moved 42 miles from present location. We have been welcomed to keep our jobs and make the drive. Does declining the offer disqualify me from filing for unemployment?

    1. Martin says:

      Yes, it will go against you. It will be considered voluntary making you ineligible to draw unemployment benefits.

  18. Ron says:

    I worked for a company based in Indiana. I was just released for no cause. Can I file for benefits in my home state, Michigan, or must I file in the state, Indiana, where the company is located?

    1. Jeff says:

      Please consider applying from the state where your employer is based.

  19. nicole says:

    I currently have not been re-hired by my school as a teacher. So I do qualify for unemployment that way. However, I work a part-time job 2-3 days a month. Is that going to affect my unemployment?

    1. Jeff says:

      Seasonal workers such as teachers are generally not eligible to receive UI benefits.

      Please inquire with the labor authorities in your state before applying. You must declare the part time income as well.

  20. shelley says:

    do I have to take a job that’s less pay

    1. Jeff says:

      If you decide to quit due to low pay, you will not qualify for Unemployment Compensation.

  21. shelley says:

    I’m getting laid off Sept 30 and have a pension plan that with unemployment and the pension plan will off set the loss in wages but heard you take away from the amt if I get a pension

    1. Adrian says:

      Yes, that is correct. You may not be eligible to make weekly unemployment insurance claims if you draw pension.

      Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information.

  22. David says:

    Can you file an extension for unemployment after 20 weeks.

    1. Adrian says:

      Extension is not available.

  23. Romona Czuk says:

    If I am available for social security beniefits, will this affect unemployment benefits?

    1. Adrian says:

      It does, in some states.

      Please check the effect of social security benefits on UI with the labor dept in your state.

  24. Janice says:

    If I draw from 401K to pay house loan while I am laid off, how does that affect me weekly benefit?

    1. Adrian says:

      Did you resign to be able to withdraw monies from 401 K account?

      In such a situation it is advisable to contact the claims center of the labor dept to let them know if you are being paid UI.

  25. JoAnn says:

    I will be reduced from full time to 2 days a week on May 1 — will I be able to collect unemployment for three days? What happens if I work 3 days and off two?

  26. Mindy says:

    If my employer has not paid me, can I quit and collect unemployment until I find a new job?

  27. lance smith says:

    I don’t understand what Not Adversely Affected an I qualify for…..trying to get to the sight an it won’t allow me. Please explain that, I’m trying to collect my unemployment benefits that I qualify for

    1. Adrian says:

      We are not a govt. organisation and do not have access to any confidential information.Please contact the claims line on 1-866-500-0017 for any clarifications.

  28. james m smith jr says:

    I have unemployment benefits due to me I have the chase card sent to me weeks ago its been 9 wks tomorrow since I applied I have sent 2monihs of job searches I have signed in with the state of ky looking for a job nothing yet it creating a great hardship on my family please let me know what is holding this up what can I do or what have I need to do get benefits thank you

    1. kathy says:

      We are not the unemployment office. Call your unemployment office immediately.

  29. Mary Abela says:

    I started a new job 3 months ago. I completed my 90 day review period. After successfully completing this period, I was told that due to the economy and to the poor census at our locations (I work in a rehab/nursing facility), my hours would be cut approximately 10 hrs every two weeks, making my new hours approximately 35 hours a week, instead of 40. Can I collect unemployment for those hours I am losing? Thank you.

  30. Joshua says:

    if I closed my account to return to work and then go laid off again am I able to reopen my claim and use my remaining balance?

    1. kathy says:

      If you are laid off within your claim year, you could reopen. If not, you would have to apply for a new claim.

  31. Shirley Kephart via Nancy Fluur says:

    I have unemployment benefits due to me. I have not received my card or direct deposit as of today. I was laid off on 04/19/13, Claimed weeks 04/27/13-05/04/13.
    I have not received a card or direct deposit for all or any benefits..How do I rectify this situation?
    Please answer quickly as I have a family to protect.
    Thank you for your time and immediate service.
    Shirley Kephart

    1. Baggie says:

      Hi Shirley,

      I apologize for the delayed reply. The card reaches your address by mail. If is important to have provided correct information in the direct deposit for if you have chosen that option. You will have to contact the unemployment office at the earliest to notify that you haven’t received your pay.

      If you have filed for unemployment benefits by Internet or telephone and have a question or problem with your claim, call the telephone 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 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.
      TTY callers should use 1-866-366-0004 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.

      You can also visit one of the Problem Resolution Offices (PROs). Staff at these walk-in help centers provides answers to your questions or help to resolve problems with your claim. The office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern time) Monday through Friday.

      PROs provide:

      Telephones and computers for the convenience of customers who may not have access to a computer or telephone to file their claim;
      In-person help for problems with claims;
      A presence in the community that includes, on request, presentations about unemployment insurance services to employer, business, labor, and community groups.

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