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Unemployment offices will close Monday in honor of MLK Day
January 12, 2023
Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) offices will be closed Jan. 16, 2023, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Unemployed workers can certify for benefits on Monday using the Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM), however certification by phone will not be available. Due to the holiday, there may be a slight delay before benefits are deposited into bank accounts or loaded onto debit cards.
To claim benefits, unemployed workers must report once every two weeks that they are jobless and meet the eligibility requirements for benefits. Certification can be completed online through MiWAM or by phone through the Michigan Automated Response Voice Interactive Network (MARVIN), toll-free at 1-866-638-3993.
Bi-weekly certification is just one of many services available to users through their MiWAM account. With an online account, claimants can access account information, review payment history, update contact information and more. MiWAM is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Claimants may login or sign up for an online account at Michigan.gov/UIA.
Users will notice a revamped Michigan.gov/UIA that is more user-friendly and responsive for those accessing services using cell phones or tablets. The changes are part of Director Julia Dale’s priorities to improve customer service and fight fraud.
Since Dale was appointed director in October 2021, UIA has:
- Announced a replacement for the agency’s decade-old computer system with a user-friendly, state-of-the-art interface for claimants and businesses. A new system will allow timely program adjustments as economic conditions change and quick analysis of data, which is currently not possible.
- Issued more than 76,000 waivers to people who were asked to pay back benefits, waiving more than $555 million in overpayments. UIA continues to evaluate populations for future waivers.
- Secured a $6.8 million equity grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to make it easier for workers in underserved communities to access jobless benefits.
- Implemented new ethics and security clearance policies for employees and contractors.
- Collaborated with the Attorney General’s office as well as local, state and federal law enforcement to bring bad actors to justice and combat fraud at the agency.
- Rebuilt to nearly $1.8 billion (and growing) the UI Trust Fund from which weekly benefits are paid to workers who lose their job through no fault of their own.
- Reassigned staff and resources to address the largest categories of claims that are contributing to the agency’s overall case backlog.
- Worked to simplify its correspondence using a human-centered approach to make letters easier to understand for claimants and employers.
Workers who need assistance or have a question about unemployment are encouraged to schedule a phone, in-person or virtual appointment at Michigan.gov/UIA. They also can call UIA’s Customer Service line at 1-866-500-0017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. when offices are open.