Michigan Unemployment Base Period

Your base period is the period of time that you worked, prior to losing your job in which you establish the amount of money that you will receive in unemployment. The more money that you made in your base period, the larger the amount that you will recieve every week for unemployment.

The base period is a period of one year, and does not include the most recent quarter (most recent three months).

For example, if you lost your job on April 1 2010, and filed for unemployment that same day -- your base period would be January 1 2009 to December 31 2009. Remember - the base period does not include the most recent three months - so your base period does not include January 1, 2010 to March 30, 2010.

Effect of Base Period on Filing A Second Unemployment Claim, after your unemployment benefits have run out: If you did not work during your base period, you generally are not eligible to receive unemployment benefits. If you only received unemployment income during your base period - there is a big chance you will not receive further unemployment benefits if filing an entirely new claim.

The counselors at your local unemployment office are very knowledgable professionals and can help you understand how to calculate your base period. Also, if your regular or extended unemployment benefits run out, or stop, you should go ahead and file for unemployment again, and talk with an unemployment counselor about your case.

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# Brad 2011-10-18 12:38
person is currently unemployed and receiving benefits. has a new job for 8-10 weeks. job ends. reapply based on former employer or does employer that had him for 8 weeks get included?
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# Sarah W 2012-01-29 19:34
A person works for a company for 7 years. The person takes a job with a new company with no gap in employments. Three months later, the person is laid off from the new job. Can she collect unemployment?
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# ken 2012-07-19 12:27
how many weeks must i work at a job 2 be eligible for benefits
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# tyler schutte 2016-07-27 09:45
worked at present job five months, then laid off, it was my first job ,am i eligible for unemployment?

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# Larry 2012-10-03 13:56
I filed an unemployment claim last night on my laptop. I loaded all of the suggested pages to print until I was able to connect to my printer. Once I did my printer malfunctioned and I lost all of my info. I.e. confirmation#, directions on how to add my resume to the job bank, my 1st marvin appt, etc. I've been calling all day to get this resolved. I am kept on hold for an entire 4 second before they disconnect my call. Please help!
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# curtis 2013-02-15 10:26
I worked for a company for 7 years and was laid-off. I applied and received unemployment for 8 weeks. I found another job a that lasted 5 weeks and was laid off again. Can I re-apply for unemployment and collect my remaining weeks from my employer of 7 years. I am 62 years of age and have never collected benefits.
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