Unemployment Benefits and the Coronavirus

Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides unemployment benefits, usually in the form of weekly payments, to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own, and meet certain other eligibility requirements. UI is administered jointly by the U.S. Department of Labor and the State of Michigan.

In March 2020, new federal law greatly expanded unemployment insurance. Many workers who were not previously covered are now eligible. You may now be eligible if any of the following are true:

  • Your employer permanently or temporarily laid you off due to coronavirus measures
  • Your employer reduced your work hours due to coronavirus measures
  • You are self-employed and have lost income due to coronavirus measures
  • You’re quarantined and can’t work due to coronavirus
  • You’re unable to work due to a risk of exposure to coronavirus
  • You can’t work because you’re caring for a family member due to coronavirus

 

In addition to expanding eligibility, new federal law also:

  • Increases the weekly benefit amount that states currently provide by $600, until July 31, 2020
  • Provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits for people who are still unemployed after their state benefit period runs out

Two Ways to Apply for Unemployment Benefits

File online: File your unemployment claim online through the Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM).

Call Center: Call 866.500.0017 to apply by phone.

Workers need to use the UIA’s daily filing schedule based on their last names.

DOWNLOAD INFOGRAPHIC ON HOW TO APPLY: Arabic English Spanish

What is MILogin?

MILogin is the state of Michigan Identity Management solution that allows users the ability to access many state services and systems online, across multiple departments, using a single user ID and password.

For example, if you currently access MDOS eServices (CARS), MDHHS MI Bridges, DNR eLicense, MDHHS myHealthButton, MiPage, Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) or Pure Michigan Talent Connect (PMTC) online services and applications, they are all leveraging MILogin accounts. Please use your user ID and password from those systems to log into the MILogin portal, instead of creating a new account.

Learn how to set up your MILogin account below.

File Online

Filing online remains the fastest way to apply for unemployment benefits. The Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) is working around the clock to address technical issue that might slow the process of applying. Among other solutions to meet the unprecedented demand on the system, the UIA has quadrupled staff to help expedite processing.

Helpful tips for applying online:

  • Website load times can be slow. Click a link once, and if necessary, wait for the response without clicking again.
  • Apply online during non-peak hours, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. The 24-hour website operates faster when fewer people are on the site.

Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM)

The Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) is the UIA’s system for filing your unemployment insurance claim and managing your UIA account online. MiWAM makes doing business with the UIA simpler, faster and more efficient. Use the links below to APPLY for unemployment benefits and access useful information. 

Toolkit for claimants

Step by step instructions on how to file for unemployment benefits. DOWNLOAD this free resource.

Federal CARES Act

With the expanded eligibility and increased benefits of the CARES Act, the Unemployment Insurance Agency is working to ensure that the emergency relief needed reaches all eligible Michiganders. Visit michigan.gov/UIA for the latest information.

Important employee information:

  • Self-employed, gig workers, 1099-independent contractors, and low wage workers can now apply for benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. PUA applicants will receive a confirmation number when PUA application has been accepted. PUA claims remain in draft status until processing begins on 4/20/20.
  • UIA has started to distribute the additional federal unemployment benefit of $600. This is in addition to benefits provided by Michigan.
  • If you have applied for benefits and were denied – you do not need to reapply. The UIA will get information to you regarding the next steps if you are eligible.
  • Every eligible employee in Michigan who applies for unemployment benefits will receive them.
  • Impacted employees have 28 days from the date of their work stoppage to apply for benefits.
  • Approved claims will be back-dated to reflect the date in which a claimant was laid-off or let go from their job due to COVID-19.
  • Benefits have been expanded to 39 weeks.