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Michigan plans to re-instate work-search requirement for those on unemployment

April 29, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Big changes are ahead for Michiganders still out of work and collecting unemployment.

Now, many are concerned it has delayed the incentive to get back into the workforce. During a House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday, the head of the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency said Michiganders currently getting state jobless benefits will once again need to prove they've contacted two employers per week. The reinstatement of the work-search requirement comes as many businesses across the state report they're having a hard time finding workers. With supplemental help, Michiganders out of work can receive up to $662 per week. Wendy Block, the vice president of business advocacy and member engagement for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, said they're getting phone calls and emails with people desperate for workers. The work-search requirement returning with the possibility of a silver lining – a $1,000 grant to those who do find a job. It's part of the $12. 7 billion in proposed COVID-19 relief spending.

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