Michigan Unemployment Benefits Calculator

The latest figures for Michigan show an unemployment rate of 8.7%.

Calculate your estimated benefit by answering a few questions below.
State in which you earned wages
Approximate wages earned from Apr. 1, 2019 - Jun. 30, 2019  
Approximate wages earned from Jul. 1, 2019 - Sep. 30, 2019  
Approximate wages earned from Oct. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019  
Approximate wages earned from Jan. 1, 2020 - Mar. 31, 2020  
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Michigan unemployment insurance benefits are available if you meet these criteria.  The numbers are subject to change, and though www.Unemployment-Benefits.org does our best to maintain current data, we do not guarantee its accuracy.  Please check with the Unemployment Insurance Agency for the latest facts and figures.

Administering organization:  Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA)

Out of work through no fault of your own.
Ready to work, willing to work and able to work.
You must register for work within two or three business days of applying for benefits by filing your resume with the Michigan Talent Bank and by reporting to your local Michigan Works Agency center.

There are two ways in which your earnings may qualify you for unemployment benefits:
1-Yyou must have wages in at least two quarters in your base period. In one quarter, your wages must be at least $2,774; and
2-Total wages for all four quarters must equal at least one and a half times the highest amount of wages paid in any quarter of the base period. ($2,774 x 1.5 =$4,161)

Who can apply:  Out of work and part time workers

How long can you claim benefits: 14-26 weeks.  To determine how many weeks of benefits you may receive, the UIA multiplies your total base period wages by 43%, and then divides that answer by your weekly benefit amount.

Weekly benefit amount:  $81-$362

Determined by: highest amount of wages paid to you in any base period quarter

Dependency Benefit: The UIA adds $6 for each dependent you claim, up to 5 dependents.

Qualifying Requirements:  The UIA will look at your standard base period, which includes the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to filing your claim.  Then one of two methods will be used to determine your qualification for benefits…
  • The “Regular” qualifying method – You must have earned wages in at least two quarters of your base period.  In one quarter, your wages must have been at least $2,774.  Total wages for your base period must have been at least $4,161
  • The “Alternate” Earnings Qualifier method – You must have had earning in at least two quarters during the base period, and your total wages for all four quarters of the base period must be at least 20 times the state average weekly wage.  In other words, you must have earned approximately $16,400.80 during the four quarters.
Part Time Work:  You may continue to earn benefits while working part time, but your benefits will be reduced.