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Reformer hired to fix Michigan’s unemployment system quits as problems mount

Reformer hired to fix Michigan’s unemployment system quits as problems mount

November 6, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Steve Gray was brought in to resolve problems getting benefits that he helped expose. But a little more than a year into the job, he has resigned from the system that was overrun by the coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan unemployment: the latest updates on fraud, stop payments and more

Michigan unemployment: the latest updates on fraud, stop payments and more

October 30, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Some say it’s time for full reform. Others just want to make sure the state’s overwhelmed unemployment benefit system can handle today’s claims.

Michigan lawmakers expand unemployment benefits, pass business COVID liability

Michigan lawmakers expand unemployment benefits, pass business COVID liability

October 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

In a marathon session, the GOP-led Legislature also passed bills demanding subpoena power over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointees and approved a non-binding measure opposing defunding the police.

Michigan benefited from COVID stimulus and jobless aid. Now what?

Michigan benefited from COVID stimulus and jobless aid. Now what?

October 9, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Economic relief programs that helped the state’s businesses and jobless now are on hold as the United States pauses new stimulus talks and the state confronts upheaval that impacts state unemployment benefits.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Unemployment benefits are at risk and GOP is dawdling

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Unemployment benefits are at risk and GOP is dawdling

October 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A Michigan Supreme Court ruling invalidating executive orders from governor also could jeopardize unemployment pay extensions. Tensions are flaring, with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer calling Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey an “anti-masker.”

Michigan unemployment benefits expanded to 59 weeks for some workers

Michigan unemployment benefits expanded to 59 weeks for some workers

October 1, 2020 | Paula Gardner

The state qualifies for a 20-week benefits extension, but not all workers will receive it. Some also are still waiting for $300-a-week bonus payments due to another fraud investigation.

Back to school puts financial strain on Michigan’s most vulnerable families

Back to school puts financial strain on Michigan’s most vulnerable families

September 30, 2020 | Nushrat Rahman

As the new school year ramps up and the economic downturn of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, parents are having to make tough financial decisions. Nonprofits and social service agencies say they see families struggling to purchase materials for school, access child care and put food on the table.

Michigan earnings shot up 54 percent in spring. Thank the stimulus funds.

Michigan earnings shot up 54 percent in spring. Thank the stimulus funds.

September 24, 2020 | Paula Gardner

'This is going to be the only recession in history where income goes up,' said University of Michigan economist Donald Grimes.

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.

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