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Work Search Requirement to be Reinstated Soon

What is Required for a Work Search?

  • Beginning May 30, 2021, claimants receiving unemployment benefits will be required to actively search for work and report at least one work search activity for each week they claim benefits. 

    Make sure you understand your responsibilities when it comes to conducting and documenting your work search to avoid mistakes which could result in you not receiving benefits or having to repay the benefits you receive.

    • You must actively search for work while you are claiming benefits
    • You must conduct at least one work search activity each week
    • You must report your work search activities at the time you certify for benefits. Your certification will not be complete, and benefits will not be paid until your work search activities have been reported to the UIA.

Work Search Activity

What is a work search activity?

  • Work search activities include, but are not limited to:

    • Applying for jobs in person or online.
    • Attending job fairs.
    • Creating a profile or resume on a professional networking or job site such as
    • Participate in online job search workshops or seminars.

    When reporting your work search, you will need to give us specific details such as:

    • Date of Contact - The date of your work search activity must fall within the week ending date (Sunday through Saturday) for each week.
    • Activity - Enter the work search activity for the week you are claiming benefits. One is required, but additional can be entered. Allowable work search activities may include submitting applications, contacting employers, checking resources at employment offices, checking job listings at Michigan Works, attending job fairs or employment workshops.
    • Name of Employer/Organization/Search Engine - Write the name, if known, or the online job search site, or employment service or agency that was contacted. If the search was done online and the employer was not specified, enter the name of the search engine, employment service or employment Enter the Michigan Works agency that you used for your work search activity.
    • Employer Address/Online Location - Enter the location where work was sought, physical address or online website address. If the contact was made by telephone or fax, enter the phone number.
    • Method of Contact - Enter how contact was made (e.g., Online, email, in person, phone, mail, fax)..

    Keep a written record of your weekly Work Search Activities.

    • UIA can request to verify your work search activities at any point during your claim. If your activities are found to be incomplete or inaccurate, you may be ineligible and have to pay back benefits.
    • Save all confirmation emails or documentation to prove your work search activity.

    Click here for a list of valid Work Search Activities


Who has to do a work search?

Who has to do a work search?

  • Reporting your work search activities will be required for most claimants receiving unemployment benefits. If you have an approved waiver, the requirement is waived and you are not required to search for work. 

    Work Search Waivers

    A waiver of the work search requirement may be granted due to certain COVID-19 related reasons. You must apply and be approved for a COVID-19 Work Search Waiver before you certify for benefits for the week. You will be notified at the time of the request whether a waiver of the requirement is granted.

    Beginning May 30, you may apply for a waiver in MiWAM by clicking on "Request a COVID-19 Work Search Waiver" or by calling the UIA customer service line at 1-866-500-0017. 

    You may be eligible for a waiver if:

    • You are the parent of a child attending school remotely because the school is closed.
    • You are unable to work because of allowable COVID-related reasons.
    • You are self-employed and receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

    Click here for information about Work Search Waivers


How to Complete Your Work Search

How to Complete Your Work Search

  • The first time you are required to include the details of your work search activity is when you certify for the week ending June 5, 2021. 

    The preferred method for reporting work search activities is online using your Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) account.

    • Enter your work search activity in MiWAM at Questions about your work search will be included with your regular certification questions. Enter the details of your Work Search Activity for Week 1 and Week 2.
    • Certify with MiWAM any day during your certification week.


    • Certify by phone with MARVIN at 866-638-3993. Listen carefully to the prompts and answer the certification questions. After completing the automated questions, you must stay on the line to be connected with an agent to provide the details of your work search.
    • Do not hang up before you have provided your work search details or your certification will not be complete, and your benefits will not be paid.

    Claimants who certify by phone must call on the scheduled day and time that corresponds with the last two digits of their Social Security number (SSN). MARVIN can be reached Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.