To be eligible for unemployment compensation in Michigan, a person must be unemployed, able to work and actively seeking new employment according to the state's Unemployment Insurance Agency. There are other eligibility requirements, including submitting a minimum of two job applications each week.
Michigan also requires that a person applying for unemployment benefits must have earned a minimum amount set forth by the state during the preceding 18 months. Those wages must have been subject to unemployment taxes. For most occupations, the applicant must be totally unemployed, but there are some where a simple reduction of hours can make the person eligible. An applicant’s current unemployed status must be through no fault of his own. Anyone who was fired from a job for a legitimate cause will probably not be eligible.