Does the unemployment insurance agency of Michigan give extensions for unemployment benefits?


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The unemployment insurance agency of Michigan does not give extensions for unemployment benefits as of 2015. Extensions for unemployment benefits were available in Michigan through the federally-funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, but this program expired in December 2013.

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The Emergency Unemployment Compensation, EUC, program was established in 2008. The program funded extended unemployment benefits in all 50 states. Extended unemployment benefits were available to workers who had exhausted regular state unemployment insurance benefits during periods of high unemployment. In 2014, legislation to renew the EUC failed to pass congress.

In Michigan an individual may collect unemployment compensation for a maximum of 20 weeks. The minimum number of weeks to collect unemployment is 14 weeks, except in the case of family employment in which the maximum number of weeks one can collect is seven. Extensions for collecting unemployment insurance payments are in effect only during periods of high unemployment and only if the state or federal government take specific action to provide extended benefits.

When EUC was in effect, individuals in Michigan were able to collect as much 13 additional weeks of unemployment compensation for a total of 33 weeks of benefits. In states where the unemployment rate was highest, individuals were able to collect a maximum of 73 weeks of unemployment benefits.

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