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Michigan Unemployment Job Search Requirements

Michigan wants that you engage in an active work search for each week you are claiming unemployment benefits. You must contact a minimum of two employers per week, and report the details and results of each work search effort online or on form. Complete and submit this form on a monthly basis via mail, fax, online or an in-person visit to a Michigan Works Agency (MWA) location.

State Law further provides that your work search effort is subject to random audit. To maintain benefit eligibility, you are advised to maintain records reflecting your attempts to secure employment, e.g., copies of mailed documents, emails, and other online confirmation.

The following information must be completed on the Work Search form in order to continue to receive benefit payments.

  1. Week Ending Date
  2. Date of Contact
  3. Name of Employer
  4. Employer Address/Online Location
  5. Name and Title of Person Contacted
  6. Method of Contact
  7. Type of Work Applied
  8. Results

You must submit your completed work search online by logging into your CWAM account, which can be located on the UIA home page at or by mailing or faxing your completed work search to:


14333 Woodrow Wilson

Detroit, MI 48238-2812

Fax Number: 1-517-636-0427

If you have any questions about this form or work search requirements, call 1-866-500-0017 (TTY customers use 1-866-366-0004) between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. 

Questions & Answers

  1. jason says:

    I live in florida but work in MI during the summer. What state do I file with?

  2. David says:

    Worked for State of Mi for 19 years,terminated for falsifying an entry in log book unintentionally and without malice,am I eligible for unemployment?

    • Martin says:

      You can if you’re able to prove your innocence if there is a dispute raised by your employer.

      Please consider applying for it.

  3. Michael Powell says:

    If I was in an auto accident that caused my company not to be able to insure me and laid me off as a result, am I eligable?

  4. Rene Montilla says:

    I have been trying to Fax my work search summaries to FAX # 1-517-636-0427 with no success. Please advise if I can FAX it to another FAX #. or if there is another alternative. I am worried because I will be calling MARVIN on Wednesday morning.

    Thank you
    Rene Montilla

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