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Labor and Economic Opportunity

What is Michigan's work search requirement?

While claiming unemployment benefits, you must be:

  • Able to work.
  • Available for work.
  • Actively seeking work unless you are waived from seeking work.

You must actively search for work and submit a record of your work search activities to be eligible for benefits. You are required to conduct at least one work search activity in each week that you certify for benefits. You must submit your work search activities at the time you certify. Benefits will not be paid until you have reported the details of your work search activity for each week you are requesting payment.