Michigan Unemployment Guide

If you've recently lost your job in Michigan, you may be eligible for Michigan Unemployment Insurance benefits. This is a guide to filing your claim for Michigan unemployment benefits. Since each situation may have its own unique circumstances, make sure you check with the contact numbers and websites listed below to make sure you get the maximum benefits you can claim.

Filing for Unemployment:
  1. Online – File your initial unemployment claim on the Michigan Unemployment Agency Website, (Monday – Saturday, 7:00am to 7:00pm ET)
  2. Telephone – File your unemployment claim by telephone at 1-866-500-0017. Call times are scheduled based on your SSN. Details on call-in schedule online.

File your claim right away after you've stopped working – don't delay. Your claim starts the week you file. Unemployment benefits are not retroactive, so if you delay you may lose benefits.

When you file your initial unemployment benefit application, you will need the following information:

  • Name, address & phone
  • SSN & date of birth
  • Driver's License or State ID
  • Name, address, phone number, gross earnings and dates worked for all employers for the past 18 months
  • Last employer's UIA account number or FEIN (found on your W2 form)
  • If you were discharged from the military in the last 18 months, you'll need Copy #4 of your DD Form 214
  • If you were a Federal employee in the last 18 months, you'll need SF 8 or SF 50 (or W2 or pay stubs)
  • If you are not a US Citizen, you'll need your Alien Registration Number, expiration, and type
  • Checking account information (found on a blank check) if you choose direct deposit
  • Name and SSN of dependent children

You should expect to receive an unemployment benefit claims determination, including weekly benefit and number of weeks of benefit availability in the mail approximately 10 working days after your initial filing.

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Filing Your Bi-Weekly Claim:

Michigan weekly unemployment benefits are paid up to a maximum $362 per week. Unemployed Michigan workers may be eligible to receive an additional $6 per week for each dependent child (maximum 5). Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) currently adds an additional $25 per week to your benefit.

Unemployed Michigan workers can certify bi- weekly unemployment benefits one of two ways:

  1. Online - using the MARVIN Online system
  2. Telephone – Call the MARVIN line at 1-866-500-0017 (M – F, 8:00am to 6:00pm). Call at your scheduled time, based on SSN, or one of the open times listed.

You should expect payment shortly after your initial unemployment filing has been approved to your choice of either direct deposit or debit card. You should expect ongoing payments to be made two working days after your MARVIN Online or MARVIN telephone bi-weekly certification.

Unemployment Benefits:

Health care benefits may also be available through the Health Coverage Tax Credit - Check COBRA and The IRS for details.

Michigan workers may be eligible for career assistance and training assistance through Michigan Talent Bank and the Jobs, Education, and Training page.

Low income unemployed Michigan workers may also qualify for these additional benefits.

Filing for extensions:

If an extended benefit period is declared, based on unemployment rates, and it appears that you qualify, you will be mailed information and an application to extend your unemployment benefits.

Ending Unemployment:

When you return to work, file for credit for the remaining few days you didn't work, and report wages earned for the week. Then, just stop filing - when you stop weekly filing, your unemployment benefits automatically end.


Michigan Unemployment Insurance Assistance has 7 Problem Resolution Offices (PRO) to help resolve problems with unemployment claims.

Make sure to keep a copy of your work search record. You may be required to supply copies to the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Assistance office.

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