In the last few months the unemployment rate in Michigan has been dropping significantly. This has serious effects on the unemployment benefits workers can claim for in Pennsylvania. In fact , unemployed workers who exhausted their Tier 3 benefits after June 23, 2012 will no longer qualify for tier 4 benefits.
However, if you exhausted your tier 3 benefits before this date and qualified for tier 4 benefits, you can continue cashing in benefits until you either run out of tier 4 weeks or on the week ending on December 29, 2012, whatever comes first.
If you havenâ€™t already received an official notification from the Unemployment Insurance Agency of Michigan, expect one soon. The Unemployment Office of Michigan is in the process of providing detailed information on the changes caused to the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program because of the drop in unemployment rate.
If you have additional questions or have not received official information and you feel you qualify for benefits, you can contact the UIA customer service desk by phone, online, by mail or by visiting your local problem resolution center.
By Phone: If you want to call Michiganâ€™s UIA, you must call between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, from Monday through Friday. Customers with hearing disabilities may call 1-866-366-0004.
Online: If you have access to an internet connection, it is probably better to visit the UIAâ€™s website for information. You will probably find the answer to your question there and if you donâ€™t, you can leave a comment/question on the websiteâ€™s Virtual Problem Resolution section. The availability of agents in the UIAâ€™s Virtual Problem Resolution section are the same as for phone enquiries: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Visit a problem resolution center near you. For contact details and directions of a center near you: click here.
Even though you may have exhausted all unemployment benefits currently available to Michigan unemployed workers, this does not mean you do not qualify for other benefits. For instance, you may qualify for family support, health care, housing and other types of benefits. For more information on the many services available to unemployed workers visit the UIAâ€™s website section: Helping Hand.
If you would like help finding a training program that could help you qualify for a job, the Unemployment Insurance Agency also offers help in applying and qualifying for work training programs, such as the Pure Michigan Talent Connect at WWW.MITALENT.ORG.