LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Unemployment Agency has started issuing $300 weekly Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payments to about 365,000 claimants on regular state unemployment insurance and Extended Benefit programs this weekend.
The PUC supplement, which is payable from Dec. 27 through March 13 of this year, provides an additional $300 per week to all eligible unemployment recipients who receive at least $1 for the week, according to the agency.
Claimants do not need to take any action to receive this additional weekly benefit; it will automatically be paid after they certify.
It comes from an extension of the federal COVID-19 relief package passed in December.
Workers who were on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation continue to have no actions to take at this time.
They will not be able to complete certifications and payments will not be issued for weeks after Dec. 26 until the technical updates to the UI system are completed.
This will only be a disruption and claimants will be made whole once the extensions are fully implemented.
PEUC provides 11 additional weeks of benefits for those who have exhausted regular state unemployment benefits. PUA provides unemployment benefits to those not typically eligible for unemployment including self-employed and gig workers.