Extend Michigan Unemployment

Michigan has been one of the hardest hit states in our troubled economy with a high percentage of workers finding themselves out of work and unable to find a new job. The State of Michigan will normally pay up to 6 months or 26 weeks of unemployment compensation for those that meet the unemployment eligibility rules.

If your 26 weeks are almost up or are already up, you may be eligible to receive extended unemployment benefits that can stretch out for as long as 99 weeks. Extended unemployment is provided through the state of Michigan who receives funds through the Federal Government to fund the additional benefits.

To be eligible for unemployment benefits beyond the standard 26 weeks, you must meet certain criteria.

  • You must not be working a full time job which is defined as 32 hours per week or more.
  • You had to have filed and received unemployment in the immediate preceding year.
  • Alternately, you must have reapplied for benefits after your original benefits expired.
  • You must not be able to file for unemployment in any other state or in Canada.

There are several ways that you can file for extended unemployment benefits. As long as you have met the requirements of eligibility for unemployment benefits beyond the basic 26 weeks offered by the State of Michigan, you can file at a local office, file over the phone or file online.

Filing at your local office can be time consuming and you may be forced to wait in a long line. If possible, you should try to file using one of the other methods. Filing by telephone or online only takes a few minutes and you can do it from the comfort of your home.

When filing by phone you will be introduced to MARVIN - Michigan's Automated Response Voice Interactive Network. You will need you Social Security number a Personal Identification number (PIN #) and a MARVIN booklet to guide you through the process.

Perhaps the easiest way to file for extended benefits is to go online at Michigan.gov and use the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) format to answer a few simple questions and claim your benefits. Once you have registered, you can visit the site every few weeks when you have to reaffirm your employment status and file a claim for the next two week period.

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