The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program was created to help individuals financially while they find a job.
In order to be eligible to receive UI benefits, you must comply with several requirements.
As a claimant, you must:
To file a UI claim, you will need one of these:
Have the following work information available:
If you are not a U.S. citizen or national, you will need your alien registration number and the expiration date of your work authorization.
Filing a Claim
You may file a UI claim online or over the phone.
To file a claim online, simply visit the Michigan Web Account Manager system, known as MARVIN or MiWAM at: https://miwam.unemployment.state.mi.us/.
To file an initial claim over the phone, call 1-866-500-0017. For TTY callers, use 1-866-366-0004.
There is a scheduled time for your phone call depending on the last two digits of your Social Security number (SSN):
You must certify for UI benefits every other week to keep claiming payments. You may do so online or over the phone.
To file a biweekly claim online, visit Michigan’s Automated Response Voice Interactive Network (MARVIN) or MiWAM at: https://miwam.unemployment.state.mi.us/.
To file a biweekly claim over the phone, call MARVIN at 1-866-638-3993. You will be assigned an appointment day and hour to call.
MARVIN is available Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (ET).
*If you miss your appointment you may call on Thursday or Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
During periods of high unemployment, Extended Benefits (EB) may become available to workers who have exhausted their regular state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. For more information, contact the Unemployment Insurance Agency at1-866-500-0017.
Emergency Unemployment Compensation
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) is a federal extension given to individuals who have exhausted all regular Michigan reemployment assistance benefits. EUC benefits are currently unavailable. If reinstated, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) will notify those who are eligible. You may also check the UIA official website for updates. Visit: http://www.michigan.gov/.
What happens if I’m fired, laid off or if I quit?
You must report if you are fired, quit your job or refuse work to the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency, so a determination of eligibility for UI benefits can be made.
When you file a claim, your employer will be mailed a “Notice of Filing” to verify the reason you have stated as to why you are no longer working. The Department will have the final say regarding your eligibility for benefits.
There is no penalty or reduction in Unemployment Insurance benefits if you are laid off.