Unemployment Benefits Expanded for Michigan Workers


Governor Gretchen Whitmer has temporarily expanded the eligibility for unemployment benefits.

Under Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order and the federal government’s CARES Act, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Compensation Program now offers expanded benefits to those impacted by COVID-19

Unemployment benefits have been extended to:

  • Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill.
  • Workers who are sick, quarantined or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.
  • First responders in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19.
  • New Federal Assistance for Unemployment Benefits now available to workers who do not already qualify, including self-employed, 1099-independent contractors, gig and low-wage workers and those with a limited work history. Do NOT Apply at This Time. Applications will be open soon. Do NOT reapply if you have already applied for unemployment benefits. Visit michigan.gov/UIA for more information.

Benefits to unemployed workers also will be extended:

  • Benefits for all unemployed workers are increased by $600 a week above amount typically awarded through state unemployment insurance for up to four months until July 31.
  • Benefits will be increased from 20 to 39 weeks
  • Application eligibility period increased from 14 to 28 days
  • The normal in-person registration and work search requirements suspended 

Eligible employees should apply for unemployment benefits online at Michigan.gov/UIA or 866.500.0017 using filing schedule below. A factsheet on how to apply for benefits can be found here




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