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If you’ve recently been laid off from your job in the state of Michigan, you should file for unemployment as quickly as possible.

If you have been laid off in the state of Michigan through no fault of your own, you may qualify to receive unemployment benefits. Michigan, like most states, allows people to draw unemployment for up to 26 weeks. If you aren’t sure if you’ll qualify for benefits, it is best to go ahead and file for unemployment. If you are denied, you can appeal the decision

To qualify for unemployment in Michigan you must:

  •  Be a Michigan resident
  •  Be unemployed through no fault of your own
  •  Have been employed during the past 18 months
  •  Have been employed by the same employer for the past 18 months

You may not be eligible for benefits if:

  •  You worked in family employment
  •  You served in the military over the past 18 months
  •  You were employed by the federal government over the past 18 months
  •  You filed for unemployment in another state in the previous 12 months

Before you file your unemployment claim in Michigan, you will need to gather all necessary documents or information such as:

  •  Social Security number
  •  Driver’s license number or state identification
  •  MARVIN PIN number, if applicable

Names and addresses of all employers over the past 18 months, including your quarterly gross earnings and last date of employment.

There are two ways you can apply for unemployment in Michigan:

  1. Online, using Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency’s system
    Claims may be filed from 7 a.m. Monday through 7 p.m. on Saturday
  2. Via telephone by calling 1-866-500-0017

You must register for employment within two or three days of applying for unemployment benefits in Michigan.

For registration you need to:

  • File your resume with the Michigan Talent Bank
  • Report to your local Michigan Works! Agency service center

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