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How much will I be paid if I qualify for unemployment benefits?

Michigan law requires we consider wages you have earned over the last 18 months in calculating your weekly benefit amount. The maximum entitlement is a weekly benefit amount of $362 per week. Under Executive Order 2020-76, the maximum entitlement for weeks of benefits for existing claims as of 3/15/2020 and new claims filed between 3/15/20 and 4/18/20 is 26 weeks. In addition to changes under EO 2020-76, Congress enacted the Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus Act.  In addition to the temporary measures enacted by Governor Whitmer, the Act does the following:  

  • Adds 13 additional weeks of unemployment benefits in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) to the 26 weeks of benefit entitlement under EO 2020-76, for a total of 39 weeks of benefits payable.
  • Adds an additional $600 per week of Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) to the weekly benefit amount payable.  This amount is payable for weeks of benefits between April 4 – July 25, 2020.