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This week, Michiganders could have a more challenging time gaining unemployment benefits. For the third month in a row, Michigan's unemployment rate hit lower than 6.5%, meaning extended benefits are expired. According to CBS Detroit, Michigan's current unemployment rate is 5.1%. The labor department documented the lowest level claims since last March.
In early March, the agency started telling claimants they could lose their benefits next month. About 16,000 people are set to lose their benefits this Saturday. If this applies to you, don't worry! There are some alternatives if you're one of the 16,000 losing benefits. The state also sent notifications if you qualified for one of these programs too.
The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
This program is for people whose benefits are about to expire soon. It started around mid-March and can add up to eleven weeks of benefits for people losing their regular claims. The federal government made this program, and it's a temporary fix for people trying to make ends meet.
The requirements are the same as regular unemployment benefits. You might not need to apply if you meet some of the requirements. If you're interested in finding out more information about this program, you can click on this link to learn more or apply.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
Freelancers, the self-employed, some independent contractors, and people with limited work histories typically don't qualify for regular unemployment benefits. The pandemic hit every industry hard, so the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program was created in Michigan. Eligible candidates need to fall under one of the COVID-19 scenarios to gain benefits.
Claimants can receive up to $360 in extra money while making ends meet!
If you don't qualify for one of these programs, don't lose hope
Lots of people statewide either lost jobs or had them reduced because of the pandemic. It's taken a toll on many Michigan workers. Some Michigan workers are forced to find a different job to help make ends meet.
The Michigan Works Talent Connect is a fantastic resource for anyone looking for employment. This program helps anyone looking for a job. Type in your keyword and your city, and the site can help you find out who's hiring in your community. It also offers resources for veterans and skilled trade workers looking for employment opportunities. Parents can also use the site to help their children look for potential career choices.
MI Bridges is another resource you can use to help make ends meet. This site doesn't help find jobs, but it does help with finding other types of assistance. You can sign up for health care, food assistance, and emergency relief on the site. People often go to MI Bridges to sign up for Medicaid and childcare assistance, too.
Help is out there if you know where to look
The pandemic is taking a heavy toll on all of us. We're all seeing an impact from this pandemic. Some of us lost our jobs, our businesses and more.
But we don't have to go through any of this alone. There is nothing wrong with getting help to make ends meet at this time. Many of us need assistance now, and there isn't any shame in applying for any of these programs. Now is the time to start looking into any of these resources. These programs exist so we can receive help when we need it.
Help is out there. We don't have to suffer because some of our benefits are disappearing. Any of these resources will help you find what you need. All you have to do is click on the links.