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How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in Michigan?

Michigan defines an employer as having paid at least $1,000 in wages during the Calendar Year (CY) or having had an employee/employees for at least 20 weeks out of the base period.

To qualify for unemployment insurance in Michigan, you must have earned at least 1.5 times your HQW within the entire base period. You had to of worked during at least two quarters of the base period. Additionally, your HQW must have met the minimum required amount of $2,871, with a minimum total base period earnings of $4,307.


Your total base period earnings must have been at least 20 times the Average Weekly Wage (AWW) of Michigan. You also must have worked during at least two quarters of the base period in order to qualify for unemployment insurance.

The AWW for Michigan as of July, 2014 is $893.44

Therefore, the minimum total base period earnings required for this method is $17,868.80

Michigan does not offer an extended base period; however, an alternate base period is available for those who fail to qualify for unemployment insurance using the regular base period. The alternate base period considers the last four completed calendar quarters of the base period (instead of the first four).

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