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Michigan’s unemployed to get $900 more. System glitches remain

Michigan’s unemployed to get $900 more. System glitches remain

September 18, 2020 | Paula Gardner

The state was approved for three more weeks of Lost Wages Assistance, and jobless workers should see that money by the end of September.

Extra $300 Michigan unemployment payouts should reach jobless after Labor Day

Extra $300 Michigan unemployment payouts should reach jobless after Labor Day

September 3, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Payments will be retroactive to Aug. 1. However, state officials warn they’ll only last up to five weeks.

MI government removes bureaucratic mumbo jumbo from benefit renewal form

MI government removes bureaucratic mumbo jumbo from benefit renewal form

September 2, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announces simplified renewal forms for millions of residents who may need food or cash assistance or other state benefits.

Michigan lawmakers may tweak unemployment law to help employers amid pandemic

Michigan lawmakers may tweak unemployment law to help employers amid pandemic

September 2, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Michigan’s reserves to pay jobless claims are dwindling amid record unemployment claims. Starting Jan. 1, employers would have to pay more into the system, but some lawmakers want to avoid that prospect.

Michigan economy is stronger than expected amid pandemic. Thank the stimulus.

Michigan economy is stronger than expected amid pandemic. Thank the stimulus.

August 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Consumer spending is up amid the pandemic, as Michigan residents are spending federal bailout money designed to keep the economy going amid the pandemic. But state economists warn Michigan still faces tough times.

Michigan’s permanent layoffs suggest thousands of jobs may be gone for good

Michigan’s permanent layoffs suggest thousands of jobs may be gone for good

August 21, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Economists are starting to get data that indicate a longer, slower recovery period following steep job losses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan town wonders what’s next as factory closes and 125 jobs are lost

Michigan town wonders what’s next as factory closes and 125 jobs are lost

August 21, 2020 | Paula Gardner

‘We need to find jobs that people can keep,’ says one store owner as the second-largest employer in Evart closed this summer. It’s just another blow to a community fighting for stability during the coronavirus pandemic.

Feds OK extra $300 a week for Michigan jobless – but it may not last long

Feds OK extra $300 a week for Michigan jobless – but it may not last long

August 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Nearly a million Michiganders who have lost jobs during the coronavirus pandemic will eventually qualify for $300 per week in extra unemployment benefits, but the payments could take weeks to arrive and may last just weeks more.

Michigan seeks $300 per week in extra benefits for unemployed

Michigan seeks $300 per week in extra benefits for unemployed

August 18, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Paula Gardner

President Trump is making extra unemployment benefits available because of the pandemic that has left more than 2.4 million Michigan residents jobless. The state could have pursued an extra $100 per week in benefits, but opted against it because of declining tax revenue.

Opinion | Federal action is essential to aid Michigan's immigrant communities

Opinion | Federal action is essential to aid Michigan's immigrant communities

August 16, 2020 | Simon Marshall-Shah

The COVID-19 relief packages passed so far deny economic supports to thousands of immigrant families here in Michigan and millions more nationwide.

Michigan unemployment system designed to slow payments working all too well

Michigan unemployment system designed to slow payments working all too well

July 20, 2020 | Sarah Alvarez, Jonathan Oosting

Michigan overhauled its unemployment insurance system nearly a decade ago to save money, root out fraud and make it harder for jobless workers to qualify for benefits. Now, with more than one million workers jobless, the state has flagged 1 in 3 claimants for fraud amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He took down Michigan’s unemployment system. Now, he’s struggling to fix it.

He took down Michigan’s unemployment system. Now, he’s struggling to fix it.

July 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Four years before Steve Gray took over the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency, he exposed a false fraud scandal that rocked state government and prompted reforms. Now, some lawmakers are calling for his ouster as he tries to fix a system crushed by record jobless claims amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Feds charge Michigan contractor in $2M unemployment fraud scheme

Feds charge Michigan contractor in $2M unemployment fraud scheme

July 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

 Authorities say a contract employee used "insider access" to approve hundreds of illegitimate claims beginning in April, during a historic wave of layoffs promoted by the virus and economic shutdown orders. 

Detroit unemployment rate ‘alarmingly’ high amid coronavirus

Detroit unemployment rate ‘alarmingly’ high amid coronavirus

July 13, 2020 | Louis Aguilar

Federal monthly data and three economic surveys show that many Detroit workers aren’t returning to work at a rate higher than most of the state and nation. It’s too soon to gauge permanent job loss, a U-M survey contends.

Big benefits, claims a ‘perfect storm’ for unemployment fraud in Michigan

Big benefits, claims a ‘perfect storm’ for unemployment fraud in Michigan

June 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan officials aren’t saying how many cases of unemployment insurance fraud investigators have found so far, but roughly 58,000 residents have self-reported that someone stole their identity to try to claim benefits.

Nearly 12,000 Michigan workers unemployed since May 1 still await benefits

Nearly 12,000 Michigan workers unemployed since May 1 still await benefits

June 23, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

More than 11,800 Michigan workers who filed for jobless benefits between March 15 and May 1 have yet to be paid or denied, but the state unemployment agency said Tuesday it intends to clear that backlog by July 4.

Opinion | As long as coronavirus looms, the $600 unemployment top-off should stay

Opinion | As long as coronavirus looms, the $600 unemployment top-off should stay

June 20, 2020 | Alix Gould-Werth

Directing cash to those who need it most channels dollars to businesses, which employ more workers, who, in turn, have income to spend.

Michigan may have lost millions to over 100,000 fake unemployment claims

Michigan may have lost millions to over 100,000 fake unemployment claims

June 19, 2020 | Paula Gardner

The state’s investigation into international fraud found 1 in 5 frozen accounts are still considered suspicious.

Michigan jobs go unfilled when workers make more from unemployment

Michigan jobs go unfilled when workers make more from unemployment

June 18, 2020 | Paula Gardner

‘How do we get people back to work when there’s really no incentive for them to?’ asked one employer about not being able to compete for workers earning generous jobless benefits.

Michigan legislators want unemployment offices reopened

Michigan legislators want unemployment offices reopened

June 18, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Jobless workers continue to say they’re struggling to reach Unemployment Insurance Agency employees to resolve issues with unpaid claims that in some cases may go back months

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