Michigan Unemployment Office Adds Staff, Increases Hours

Self-Employed Workers Can File on Monday, Michigan Unemployment Office Adds Staff, Increases Hours

Self-employed workers, gig workers, 1099-independent contractors and low-wage workers can apply for federal benefits beginning Monday, April 13 at 8AM online. Workers need to use the UIA’s daily filing schedule based on their last names. For example, last names beginning with letters A-L should start filing claims Monday. Online filing is available at www.Michigan.gov/UIA.

With so many people trying to claim unemployment benefits, Michigan is increasing both hours and staff to handle the growing demand during the coronavirus outbreak. The Michigan Unemployment Call Center has increased hours by one hour every day to 8 AM – 6 PM Monday – Friday and 7 AM – 2 PM on Saturdays.

People on hold before closing time will have their claim handled that day. Currently, there are roughly 500 staff people answering calls. The typical staff is roughly 130 employees. The state says the best way to file a claim is online at www.Michigan.gov/UIA, where the process takes on average 20-25 minutes.  People are encouraged to use off-peak times online such as 8 PM – 8 AM.  The state has also issued the following schedule for making claims:

  • Last names beginning with letters A-L: file claims on Mondays, Wednesday, or Fridays.
  • Last names beginning with letters M-Z: file claims on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.
  • Saturdays will be available for any person desiring to file for a claim.

Reporting for WGRT – Marty Doorn