Answers to your unemployment questions

Full story: WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Sharon Moffett Massey, a top official with the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency , answered your questions about unemployment during 24 Hour News 8 at 5 on Tuesday.
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Joe

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Mar 10, 2009
 
I would like a little more information about retraining. I am currently laid off and do not qualify for having classes paid for which is fine. I need to collect unemployment but would like to go back and retrained in a career so one day I can be usefully to society. I am having a very difficult time using these websites that transfer me to several different websites. Can anyone answer my questions??
John

Grand Rapids, MI

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Mar 10, 2009
 
Is Michigan unemployment benefits up to 72 weeks or
59 that I know off. Is the article wrong or am I geting short 13 weeks. If ssomeone out there knows for sure please respond. Unemployment web site mentions only 26 basic and 20 + 13 extensions = 59???
Mike

Grand Rapids, MI

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Mar 10, 2009
 
I thought the maximum EUC was 33 weeks total. Not 33 + 13??
Someguy

Flint, MI

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Mar 10, 2009
 
The additional weeks after the 33 is not the EUC extension. Its known as EB. Read the directions before electing to claim EB benefits. They are heavily audited and you have to fax in a biweekly sheet showing the jobs you applied to with signatures from the employers. If you claim benefits and fail to provide proof of applying for work, they stop and that's the end of it.
Mel

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Mar 10, 2009
 
Mike wrote:
I thought the maximum EUC was 33 weeks total. Not 33 + 13??
The maximum federal extension is 33 weeks, but there is a state extended benefit that some people may qualify for that would give them benefits for up to another 13 weeks. If you're qualifed you'll be notified in the mail when you're at the end of your federal extension. There is information about that extension on the Unemployment Insurance Agency's web site. http://www.michigan.gov/uia

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Wayland

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Mar 10, 2009
 
Joe wrote:
I would like a little more information about retraining. I am currently laid off and do not qualify for having classes paid for which is fine. I need to collect unemployment but would like to go back and retrained in a career so one day I can be usefully to society. I am having a very difficult time using these websites that transfer me to several different websites. Can anyone answer my questions??
You should go to Michigan Works Office to find out if you can. You said you don't qualify for paid training while drawing unemployment; so I'm not sure what the criteria is for those who pay for schooling. Normally, you have to be seeking full time work in order to qualify for unemployment, but you should be able to do schooling or training part-time while drawing unemployment as long as it doesn't interfere with possible working hours. I know a few people who went to short-time medical schooling while drawing unemployment, but I don't think they were suppose to get their unemployment while doing it; because they weren't qualified for the re-training program. It's best for you to go to Michigan Works Program to get the real answers before you commit to anything.
Carol

Clio, MI

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Mar 11, 2009
 
No questions were really answered on tv. I did send in my question and someone did call me today, but all I got was the run around. These people should loose their jobs and see how it is on this side.
Carol

Clio, MI

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Mar 11, 2009
 
There website is very confusing as is their letters they send out. Just how many weeks do you really get? First extension was suppose to be 13 then second one 20 and now the EB for 13. Where do they come up with 72. Government Beauracy needs to go. Lets layoff all teh politicians and see how they like dealing with no job and this agency.
UIE

Wixom, MI

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Mar 11, 2009
 
Carol, the agency can't give specific information on the air because with unemployment, the laws and regulations are strict (confidentiality). The agency does understand how bad it is. We were working on limited resources until recently. The agency workload more than tripled in the last couple of months. In addition, when you don't have any money to hire new people (until recently), there isn't much that can be done (which can be said in the private sector too, without additional funds, they have to go with what they have).

The extensions:

When legislation was passed in July of 2008, the original amount was 13 weeks. In December of 2008, additional legislation was passed allowing a total for the first extension to be 20 weeks (an additional 7 weeks added to the original 13). In that December legislation, an additional 13 weeks were granted to States in bad shape (i.e. Michigan). So far in total 33 weeks. Then in late January or early Feb, the Extended Benefits program kicked in (State Extension) which allows for another 13 weeks. Grand total (for those who receive the maximum number of weeks on their regular claim): 26 regular, 20 extension (first), 13 second extension, and 13 extended benefits (those who meet the state qualifications). In total, it equals 72 weeks.
everwat

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Mar 11, 2009
 
ALL Points are mute if you can not even get a exceptance or denial letter in the stinking mail for cripes sakes! These people need to get off there rumps and get busy! Thirty days and still waiting!
Mel

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Mar 11, 2009
 
everwat wrote:
ALL Points are mute if you can not even get a exceptance or denial letter in the stinking mail for cripes sakes! These people need to get off there rumps and get busy! Thirty days and still waiting!
What you don't seem to realize is that many of the people working for the unemployment office have been unemployed and drawing benefits at some time themselves. They are caring people who know what it's like to be waiting for a check, and the majority of them wish they could do even more to help you. Unemployment employees are working mandatory extended hours, six days a week in an attempt to expedite the processing of claims and payments. For you to tell them to "get off their rumps" is insulting and counterproductive to getting your situation resolved quickly. Many of the problems on claims are created by people who don't follow instructions when filing, calling Marvin, failing to register for work, or being less than honest when answering questions from the agency. If you've been waiting 30 days, then the odds are that you were fired or quit and you'll be waiting at least two or three more weeks for your determination due to the sheer volume of claims. Hopefully someone will "get off their rump" and pay you then, if you're not disqualified.
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Grand Rapids, MI

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Mar 12, 2009
 
why is it that a major company in kentwood gets away with having a large number of illegals working for them. I thought that if a business hires them then they get fined. With all the illegals, and if the companys get fined there will be enough money to fix our roads and put our citizens back to work.
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Grand Rapids, MI

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Mar 12, 2009
 
i took my son to the unemployment office the other day because he still had not heard back about his benifits. It seems he always gets the RUDE lady with the big green calulator. She has made comments that she is heartless and she doesn't care. Wake up lady who pays your salery? She told my son that they were running several weeks behind. How is a person suspost the eat, put a roof over their heads if they have no money. Yes he has gone to 83 places to apply for a job. I do not see a state worker going several weeks with no paycheck because payroll is behind.
JUBE VANETTEN

Whitehall, MI

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Mar 12, 2009
 
HAVE BEEN TRYING SENCE LATE DEC TELL NOW TO GET UNEPLOYMENT !!!
PLEASE ASK THAT WOMEN HOW LONG DOSE IT TAKE TO GET IT AND BE REDETERMINED ???
i filled in dec was denied a frist then was told after i returned to work i would start geting my unemploment . but this is march and nothing .
please have them review and reply to this asap thanks avid watcher jube
JUBE VANETTEN

Whitehall, MI

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Mar 12, 2009
 
want answers to unemployment ?
been waiting sence dec to get !
am getting nothing was on med leave and have sence returned to work and still nothing this is march
need help behind in bills rent and ect..was off work for three months for suergy then filled and still nothing please help

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Down and out

Petoskey, MI

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Mar 18, 2009
 
What are the qualifications for the EB xtension?
doug

Grand Rapids, MI

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Mar 18, 2009
 
UIE wrote:
Carol, the agency can't give specific information on the air because with unemployment, the laws and regulations are strict (confidentiality). The agency does understand how bad it is. We were working on limited resources until recently. The agency workload more than tripled in the last couple of months. In addition, when you don't have any money to hire new people (until recently), there isn't much that can be done (which can be said in the private sector too, without additional funds, they have to go with what they have).
The extensions:
When legislation was passed in July of 2008, the original amount was 13 weeks. In December of 2008, additional legislation was passed allowing a total for the first extension to be 20 weeks (an additional 7 weeks added to the original 13). In that December legislation, an additional 13 weeks were granted to States in bad shape (i.e. Michigan). So far in total 33 weeks. Then in late January or early Feb, the Extended Benefits program kicked in (State Extension) which allows for another 13 weeks. Grand total (for those who receive the maximum number of weeks on their regular claim): 26 regular, 20 extension (first), 13 second extension, and 13 extended benefits (those who meet the state qualifications). In total, it equals 72 weeks.
does every get 72 or just a select few
doug

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Mar 18, 2009
 
Down and out wrote:
What are the qualifications for the EB extension?
looks like you have to have a claim period ending on or later than jan 09
means only a few of new layoff people will qualify
Still looking

Adrian, MI

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Mar 21, 2009
 
Rhode Island is 3rd in unemployment an they get 79 weeks. Mich is first so I would say we should get it also. At the moment we are at 72 weeks 26-33-13.
John wrote:
Is Michigan unemployment benefits up to 72 weeks or
59 that I know off. Is the article wrong or am I geting short 13 weeks. If ssomeone out there knows for sure please respond. Unemployment web site mentions only 26 basic and 20 + 13 extensions = 59???
Bill Pleasant

Grand Rapids, MI

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Mar 24, 2009
 
I was geting unemployment benafits then change there mind. So now I have to payback but marven said that I have 13weeks left.IT"s been a few years. I gave up even trying to get benfits

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