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$1.37 Billion dispersed to unemployed Michiganders affected by COVID-19

Posted at 6:24 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 18:24:01-04

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic opportunity says $1.37 billion has been dispersed to 820,000 unemployed Michiganders who were affected by COVID-19.

The U.S. Department of Labor released new numbers Thursday showing 1,178,021 Michiganders have filed for unemployment since March 15. Of those claims, 134,119 were filed just last week.

According to the state, those who have not received their benefits yet will get them shortly after certifying their claim.

They say this is federally required and needs to be done two weeks after filing.

For more information on how certify your claim, you can see their info graphic here, or watch their video here along with their extended call hours here.

According to the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, Michigan is also one of the first states to send out the extra $600 from the CARES Act, along with being one of the firsts to open the application to self-employed workers and independent contractors.

Weekly unemployment claims during COVID-19:

Week-Ending April 18:134,119
Week-Ending April 11:222,207
Week-Ending April 4: 388,554
Week-Ending March 28:304,335
Week-Ending March 21:128,806
Five Week Total:1,178,021