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How Do I File for Unemployment Insurance?

Claims by Mail
Jobless workers may take cuts in line by using our convenient Claims By Mail service. Mail-in applications are available in Bureau branch offices, most Michigan Works! service centers and in the Forms section of our Web site. For more information, please visit here.

Internet Claims
To use the on-line service, applicants must be filing a new or additional claim. An additional claim is one filed to reactivate benefits when a person already has a claim in existence, interrupts the payment of benefits on the claim by returning to work, and then becomes unemployed again.
Applicants filing new claims must meet these criteria:

  • Are not employed full time.
  • Have been employed during the past 18 months.
  • Live in Michigan.
  • Were employed by only one Michigan employer during the past 18 months.
  • Filed a claim for unemployment benefits during the past 10 years.
  • Did not work in family employment.
  • Were not in Military Service during the past 18 months.
  • Were not employed by the federal government during the past 18 months.
  • Did not work in another state during the past 18 months.
  • Did not file a claim against another state during the past 12 months.
  • Did not work under more than one social security number during the past 18 months.
  • Are not trying to claim past weeks of benefits.



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