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Michigan Unemployment

Michigan’s unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial support for workers who have lost their jobs.

Michigan Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Michigan’s unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial support for workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Successful claimants must also meet Michigan’s additional eligibility requirements.

UI benefits are intended to provide temporary relief to unemployed workers while they look for new jobs. This unemployment assistance helps lessen the negative impacts of lost wages on Michigan workers and their families and the state’s overall economy.

Michigan employers pay into the state’s UI benefits program, which is set aside within Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. Unemployment benefits then are sourced from this fund as needed.

Michigan Unemployment Services

Private WebsiteMichigan Unemployment
Apply OnlineFile for Unemployment
Weekly CertificationHow to Certify
Appeal a DenialProtest a Decision
Find a Local OfficeLocal Offices
Report FraudFraud Reporting Form
Coronavirus Updateshttps://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

How To Qualify for Unemployment Benefits in Michigan

To be eligible for the UI benefit program, a Michigan resident must meet each of the following criteria:

  • Are unemployed through no fault of their own
  • Have worked in Michigan during the past 12 months
  • Have earned a minimum wage amount as determined by Michigan guidelines
  • Actively are seeking employment during each week for which benefits are requested
  • Are available and able to accept suitable work if and when it is offered

It’s important to note that a final determination can’t be confirmed until an initial claim is submitted and reviewed, so it’s important to submit your initial unemployment claim as soon as possible after you lose your job. If you aren’t positive you meet the criteria above, you should apply anyway so that you can find out for certain.

Benefit Payments and Duration

Base PeriodFirst 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
Alt Base PeriodLast 4 completed quarters
Duration of BenefitsWeekly PaymentMaximum Benefits Amount (1 year)
14-20 weeks$150$362$7,240

How To Apply for Unemployment Benefits in Michigan

The state of Michigan strongly encourages all claimants to submit their initial claim online, which is the easiest and most efficient way. You may apply online anytime, and you should expect to spend about 45 minutes for the entire process.

Since you must be actively seeking new job opportunities in order to receive your weekly benefit payment, it’s a good idea to get a head start on your job search. The more effort you are putting into finding a job and proving you are an eligible worker, the easier it will be to receive help along the way.

After applying for unemployment benefits, you can begin your work search by finding the closest American Job Center. The American Job Center program is an organization focused on helping unemployed workers find suitable work near them. 

You can also find a similar unemployment insurance agency or service center near you to help you in your work search.

Managing Your Unemployment Benefits

For each week you’d like to collect UI benefit, you’ll be required to submit a weekly certification, which can be submitted online. This certification simply establishes that for the prior week, your work search activity rendered you eligible for a weekly benefit amount.

Be prepared to answer questions about the measures you took to look for employment and whether you remain able and available to work. Report any income you earned and job offers you received.

Filing an Appeal

If you disagree with a determination regarding your new claim, you can formally submit a protest and ask the state to review your unemployment claim again. Michigan allows both the claimant and the employer to submit a protest. You may do so through the online account you’ve already created earlier in the process.

To file an appeal, simply follow the steps below:

  • Select the claim ID of the benefit year in question.
  • Select Determination Status, and then click on File a Protest or File Appeal for the decision you’d like to protest.
  • Fill in all required fields and use the “Add” feature to upload any supporting documentation or evidence you’d like to include with your formal protest

Once your protest is received, you will receive information about an appeals hearing. You must participate in this hearing in order to potentially change the outcome regarding your unemployment insurance claim.

If you need support, you can request Advocacy Assistance through your existing online account or by calling 800-638-3994 and selecting option 2 from the automated menu.

Reporting Fraud

Unemployment fraud, including identity theft, is a serious criminal offense that weakens the integrity of Michigan’s UI benefits program. Fraudulent claims can keep jobless benefits out of the hands of those who need them the most. If you suspect someone of abusing Michigan’s unemployment insurance program, you can report fraud online or call the UIA Customer Service Hotline at 866-500-0017.

Michigan Unemployment Office Locations

Lenawee Unemployment Office1040 South Winter StSuite 1014Adrian, MI 49221517-266-5627
Unemployment Office – Allegan County3255 122nd AvenueSuite 101Allegan, MI 49010269-686-5079
Unemployment Office – Alma327 East Center StreetAlma, MI 48801989-466-4832
Alpena County Unemployment Office315 West ChisholmAlpena, MI 49707989-356-3339
Huron County Unemployment Office614 N Port CrescentBad Axe, MI 48413989-269-2311
Lake County Unemployment Office5252 M-37Baldwin, MI 49304231-745-2703
Battle Creek Unemployment Office200 West Van Buren StBattle Creek, MI 49017269-660-1412
Unemployment Office – Bay County4061 N EuclidNorth Pointe PlazaBay City, MI 48706989-667-0500
Unemployment Office – Benton Harbor499 West Main StreetBenton Harbor, MI 49022800-285-WORKS
Gogebic County Unemployment Office100 South Mill St.Bessemer, MI 49911906-932-4059
Big Rapids Unemployment Office14330 Northland DriveBig Rapids, MI 49307231-796-0049
Unemployment Office – Wexford County401 North Lake StreetSuite 700Cadillac, MI 49601231-775-3408
Tuscola County Unemployment Office1184 Cleaver RoadCaro, MI 48723989-673-8103
Unemployment Office – Eaton County945 Reynolds RoadCharlotte, MI 48813517-816-6980
Cheboygan Unemployment Office11153 N Straits HwyCheboygan, MI 49721231-627-4303
Unemployment Office – Clinton Township43630 Hayes Road Suite 100Clinton Township, MI 48038586-263-1501
Coldwater Unemployment Office210 Vista DriveColdwater, MI 49036517-278-0200
Dearborn Unemployment Office6451 Schaefer RoadDearborn, MI 48126313-945-8159
Detroit Employment Solutions9301 Michigan AvenueDetroit, MI 48210313-962-9675
Unemployment Office – Detroit5555 Conner AvenueDetroit, MI 48213313-963-9675
Iosco County Unemployment Office1230 East US 23East Tawas, MI 48730989-362-6407
Delta County Unemployment Office2950 College AvenueEscanaba, MI 49829906-789-9732
Genesee County Unemployment Office711 N Saginaw StreetSuite 300Flint, MI 48503810-233-5974
Otsego Unemployment Office2927 D & M DriveGaylord, MI 49735989-732-3886
Gladwin County Unemployment Office110 Buckeye StreetGladwin, MI 48624989-426-8571
Unemployment Office – Franklin121 Franklin SESuite 120Grand Rapids, MI 49507616-336-4040
Unemployment Office – Grand Rapids215 Straight Ave NWGrand Rapids, MI 49504616-336-4460
Crawford Unemployment Office4595 Salling DriveGrayling, MI 49738989-348-8709
West Montcalm Unemployment Office114 South Greenville West DrGreenville, MI 48838616-754-3611
Grosse Pointe Unemployment Office17888 Mack AveGrosse Pointe, MI 48230313-343-5617
Houghton County Unemployment Office400 Quincy Street3rd FloorHancock, MI 49930906-482-6916
Clare County Unemployment Office402 N First StreetHarrison, MI 48625989-539-2173
Unemployment Office – Barry County130 E. State St.Suite AHastings, MI 49058616-649-9850
Highland Park Unemployment Office144 E Manchester StreetHighland Park, MI 48203313-826-0299
Hillsdale Unemployment Office21 Care DriveHillsdale, MI 49242517-437-3381
Unemployment Office – Ottawa County121 Clover StreetHolland, MI 49423616-396-2154
Livingston Unemployment Office1240 Packard DriveHowell, MI 48843517-546-7450
Ionia Unemployment Office301 W Main StIonia, MI 48846616-389-8525
Dickinson County Unemployment Office127 South Stephenson AveSuite 211Iron Mountain, MI 49801906-774-3647
Iron County Unemployment Office305 West Genesee StreetIron River, MI 49935906-265-0532
Jackson Unemployment Office209 East Washington AvenueSuite 100Jackson, MI 49201517-841-5627
Kalamazoo Unemployment Office1601 South Burdick StreetKalamazoo, MI 49001-4614269-383-2536
Kalkaska Unemployment Office103 Third StreetKalkaska, MI 49646231-258-8889
Baraga County Unemployment Office2 South Main StreetSuite AL`Anse, MI 49946906-523-1072
Unemployment Office – Lansing2110 South Cedar StreetLansing, MI 48910517-492-5500
Lapeer County Unemployment Office550 Lake DrivePO Box 600Lapeer, MI 48446810-664-1680
Alcona Unemployment Office202 South 2nd StreetSuite B; PO Box 316Lincoln, MI 48742989-736-6082
Livonia  Unemployment Office30246 Plymouth RoadLivonia, MI 48150734-513-4900
Mason County Unemployment Office920 E. Tinkham Ave.Ludington, MI 49431231-843-2563
Manistee Unemployment Office400 River StreetManistee, MI 49660231-723-2535
Unemployment Office – Manistique300 Walnut StreetRoom 264Manistique, MI 49854906-586-4255
Marquette County Unemployment Office1498 O’Dovero DrMarquette, MI 49855906-228-3075
Menominee County  Unemployment Office461 1st StreetMenominee, MI 49858906-482-7206
Unemployment Office Midland County1409 WashingtonMidland, MI 48640989-631-3073
Oscoda County Unemployment Office1329 S Mount Tom RoadMio, MI 48647989-826-6107
Monroe  Unemployment Office1531 North Telegraph RoadSuite DMonroe, MI 48162734-240-7950
Unemployment Office – Mt. Clemens75 North River RoadMt. Clemens, MI 48043586-783-8700
Isabella Unemployment Office5889 East BroadwayMt. Pleasant, MI 48858989-772-5304
Alger County Unemployment Office413 Maple StreetSuite 6, Room 101Munising, MI 49862906-586-4255
Unemployment Office – Muskegon316 Morris AvenueSuite 100Muskegon, MI 49440231-724-6381
Newaygo County Unemployment Office9075 S. Mason Dr.Newaygo, MI 49337231-924-3230
Luce County Unemployment Office501 West Harrie StreetNewberry, MI 49868906-293-8551
Oakland County Unemployment Office31186 Beck RoadNovi, MI 48377248-926-1820
Unemployment Office – Oak Park22180 ParklawnOak Park, MI 48237248-691-8437
Isle County Unemployment Office20709 State StreetPO Box 711Onaway, MI 49765989-733-8548
Ontonagon County  Unemployment Office429 River StreetOntonagon, MI 49953906-813-0627
Shiawassee Unemployment Office1975 West Main Street2nd FloorOwosso, MI 48867989-729-9599
Paw Paw Unemployment Office32849 Red Arrow HighwaySuite 100Paw Paw, MI 49079269-657-7014
Petoskey Unemployment Office2240 Mitchell Park Dr.Suite BPetoskey, MI 49770231-347-5150
Oakland County Unemployment Office1850 North PerryPontiac, MI 48340248-276-1777
Port Huron Unemployment Office100 McMorran6th FloorPort Huron, MI 48060810-966-3300
Roscommon County Unemployment Office1015 Short StreetSuite 2Prudenville, MI 48651989-366-8660
Osceola Unemployment Office240 East Church AvenueReed City, MI 49677231-832-3131
Unemployment Office – North Kent10075 Northland Dr. NERockford, MI 49341616-228-6724
Unemployment Office – Roseville15950 Twelve Mile RoadRoseville, MI 48066586-447-9200
Unemployment Office – Saginaw312 E GeneseeSaginaw, MI 48607989-752-3145
Sanilac County Unemployment Office575 W Sanilac RoadPO Box 147Sandusky, MI 48471810-648-5800
Chippewa County Unemployment Office1118 East Easterday AveSault Ste. Marie, MI 49783906-635-1752
Unemployment Office – Shelby195 North Michigan AvenueShelby, MI 49455231-259-2000
Unemployment Office – Southfield21415 Civic Center Dr.Suite 116Southfield, MI 48076248-796-4580
Unemployment Office – Southgate15100 Northline RoadSouthgate, MI 48195734-362-3466
Mackinac County Unemployment Office10 North State StreetSuite 102St. Ignace, MI 49781906-643-8158
Clinton County Unemployment Office101 West Cass StreetSuite ASt. Johns, MI 48879989-224-2000
Arenac County Unemployment Office4480 West M-61Standish, MI 48658989-846-2111
Unemployment Office – Three Rivers16587 Enterprise DriveThree Rivers, MI 49093269-273-2717
Traverse City Unemployment Office1209 South Garfield AveSuite CTraverse City, MI 49686231-922-3700
Unemployment Office – Troy550 Stephenson HighwaySuite 400Troy, MI 48083248-823-5101
Unemployment Office – Warren27850 Van Dyke AvenueWarren, MI 48093-7220586-574-2170
Unemployment Office – Waterford7500 Highland RoadWaterford, MI 48327248-617-3600
Wayne Unemployment Office35731 West Michigan AveWayne, MI 48184734-858-4284
Ogemaw County Unemployment Office2389 South M-76West Branch, MI 48661989-345-1090
Unemployment Office – Ypsilanti304 Harriet StreetYpsilanti, MI 48197734-714-9814 

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