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Labor and Economic Opportunity


  • Unemployment Benefit Programs in Michigan

Regular Unemployment Compensation

Regular Unemployment Compensation (UC)

  • Regular UC provides temporary income to individuals who have lost their job through no fault of their own. Unless the requirement is waived, claimants must be able, available and actively seeking full-time work and must meet minimum wage requirements to be eligible.

    The requirement to seek work is currently suspended.

    No. of benefits weeks – up to 20

    Benefit amount – up to $362 maximum

    Effective dates – from Benefit year beginning to benefit year ending (a claim is established for 52 weeks from the week you file it).


Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

  • Provides extended benefits to claimants who have exhausted all rights to regular unemployment. PEUC provides an additional 24 weeks of UC benefits effective through Sept. 4, 2021.


    No. of benefits weeks - up to 53

    Benefit amount - same as regular UC benefits

    Expires 9/4/21

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

  • PUA provides up to 50 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are ineligible for unemployment benefits. PUA also covers individuals who are self-employed, independent contractors, nonprofit employees, gig economy workers, clergy, and those working for religious organizations not covered by regular UC, and part-time workers may qualify for unemployment benefits.


    No. of benefits weeks - up to 79

    Benefit amount - min $160 - $362

    Expires 9/4/21

Pandemic Unemployment Compensation

Pandemic Unemployment Compensation

    • Provides an additional $300 weekly benefit to all claimants with at least $1 payable UI beneits for the week.
    • Available for weeks of unemployment between December 27, 2020, and the week ending Sept. 4, 2021.