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Unemployment Insurance: Michigan

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Rhonda Armstrong, Pilchak & Cohen, PC


  • Michigan unemployment insurance is provided under the Michigan Employment Security Act. Most employers are subject to the Michigan Employment Security Act. See Michigan Unemployment Insurance.
  • Michigan unemployment benefits generally last for up to 20 weeks. See Benefits.
  • In Michigan, employees involuntarily unemployed may qualify for unemployment benefits as long as they meet certain eligibility requirements and are not disqualified from receiving benefits. See Eligibility.
  • Michigan employers may limit unemployment liability relative to predictable shut-down periods and seasonal employment by providing notice and meeting other relevant requirements. See Shut-Down Periods and Seasonal Workers.
  • Employers must follow certain recordkeeping, notice and posting requirements. See Recordkeeping; Notice and Posting Requirements.
  • Michigan offers the WorkShare Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have been laid off. See WorkShare Program.