Michigan tops $1.37B in unemployment benefits sent to 820,000 residents

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Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor released numbers showing that 1,178,021 Michiganders have filed for unemployment since March 15. Photo by iStock

The Michigan Unemployment Agency provided an estimated 820,000 unemployed Michigan workers receiving $1.37 billion in benefits as of last week.

The U.S. Department of Labor released numbers showing that 1,178,021 Michiganders have filed for unemployment since March 15.

“We are committed to providing this emergency financial assistance to Michigan workers as quickly as possible, but we know we still have a lot of work left to do to get every dollar in benefits to the working families that need it most,” Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity Director Jeff Donofrio said. “We’re working around the clock to add capacity to the system so that we can continue to process all claims during this historic demand for benefits.”

The vast majority of workers who have yet to receive benefits will receive payments shortly after they complete the federal requirement to certify their claims two weeks after filing.

Michigan is among the first states in the nation to begin sending the additional $600 federal payments under the CARES act and make the unemployment application available to self-employed workers and independent contractors.

The UIA extended its call center hours and added hundreds of customer-facing staff. More than 600 UIA employees are now dedicated to answering questions over the phone and through the website.

The agency also has built-in new tools to its online system to connect to an online resource of more than 100 staff to resolve technical issues like locked accounts. An equivalent of 300 full-time staff also will be added to the agency soon.

File a claim at Michigan.gov/leo.

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