Labor and Economic Opportunity
Beginning November 7, 2021, unemployed workers filing a new claim for benefits will be required to register for work with Michigan Works! staff and verify their registration with either an in person or virtual appointment.
To meet the Register for Work requirement you must complete the following two steps:
First, create your job seeker profile on Pure Michigan Talent Connect.
Second, meet with staff from your local Michigan Works! Service Center, either virtually or in person.
The Register for Work requirement is not met until you meet with Michigan Works! Service Center staff, who will verify your job seeker profile and send their verification to the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). You will receive a confirmation email when the process is completed successfully.
The two steps- creating a profile and meeting with Michigan Works! Staff- must be completed and verified at least one business day before you certify for the first time to receive weekly unemployment benefits. If you fail to meet with Michigan Works! Service Center staff, it could prevent you from receiving your unemployment benefits.
After you complete the Register for Work requirement you won't need to register again until one year after you have made your initial claim for unemployment benefits.