Michigan Unemployment Job Search Requirements

In order to keep receiving Michigan unemployment benefits you have to meet ongoing job search requirements. Unemployment benefits are meant to be a temporary benefit until you find a new job, so these job search requirements are in place to make sure you are actively looking for a new job.

Michigan Job Search Requirements are:
1. You must be actively be looking for a job.
2. YOu must make at least 2 job contacts per week. Job contacts include filling out job applications and sending resumes.
3. You must keep a record of all of your job search activities, including a record of all job contacts.
4. You must not be disabled. If you are disabled there are different programs available to help you and your unemployment counselor or local unemployment office can direct you to those resources. (These resources include Social Security Disability).

You must fulfill these job search requirements every week, and provide a weekly certification to let the unemployment office that you are meeting all of the requirements. Be sure to have your job search record up to date, as you may be called into the unemployment office for a periodic eligibility review.

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# Barbara Daily 2011-08-24 20:03
I have been off work since end of May, due to Fibromyalgia, Signed an FMLA paper, which they forced me to back dated to the end of May even thought I was still getting a paycheck, due to sick time and vacation time. After July 2nd, I was no longer getting a paycheck. After further testing, my Dr, states I'm not able to work in a multitasking job due to the stress level, which in turns makes my Fibro worse, which ends up being a vicous cycle. I am a 911 dispatcher for local Sheriff Dept, for 12 years. There is no other job, that I would qualify for instead of what I was hired to do. Was wondering if I would be able to apply for unemployment?
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# Denise 2012-07-14 19:27
I was told my position is being eliminated. I was offered a lower paying job and told that if I did not accept it I would be considered "laid off". Is that accurate?
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# dj 2012-09-05 02:03
i just got laid off from my company i was hired in at i talked to a temp agency to see if they can get me a job . they want me to interview out of town and i cant afford a 100 a week in gas can i turn them down and still get unemployment.
the job is a 50 mile round trip and has no bus route im used to only driving 24 round trip and carpooling
i drive a large truck only 10 a gallon
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# Dave 2013-01-04 16:42
What type of employment must be sought after being laid off? May I pursue the type of position I'm currently being released from and still qualified to fill at other locations(based upon special certification) or must I take anything offered despite what it relates to?
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# hrm 2013-01-16 13:16
I'm going to be called back within 5 months, but they still want me to do the job search. I was told at the MESC office I could use my employer each time for my job search. I do call daily to see if they need me yet. Can I do this? And, d I report weekly or monthly?
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# Walsh 2013-03-01 19:50
I am receiving unemployment checks.. I phoned into Marvin on Wednesday 2/27 and thought my check would be deposited into my account on Friday 3/1... since it is always deposited on the second day after the call... I did not get the check and I am not aware of any reason I should not receive it.... Could you please help me learn why I haven't received a check... Thank you.,
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# bjbj 2013-04-23 11:50
I am collecting unemployment. I want to learn a new trade. I have found a place that will let me come in as an intern BUT with no pay. If I take this position, will I still be able to collect unemployment, until my training is done and hopefully this employer will hire me?
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