Michigan gets $3.8M in federal cash to help unemployed

BY: - June 28, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) have announced $3.8 million in federal funds have been awarded to the state’s Michigan Works! network to provide reemployment services to help eligible unemployed Michigan residents return to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “This $3.8 million investment is yet another boost to […]

GOP-led Senate committee to reconsider state dept. funding over ‘how to form a union’ webinar

BY: - April 28, 2021

After the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity hosted a webinar on how to form a union, the GOP-led Senate Appropriations subcommittee held a meeting Tuesday to discuss the reconsideration of the department’s budget recommendation, saying the webinar was “strictly outside the mission of the department.” Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor and Economic Opportunity and […]

Poverty task force wants Michigan to cut red tape for safety net programs, increase opportunities for inmates

BY: - February 18, 2021

To better support the millions of Michiganders struggling to make ends meet, the state should expand apprenticeship opportunities for inmates while they are incarcerated, end asset tests for food assistance, and increase affordable housing for low-income families and people without housing, among a series of other initiatives, according to a newly released report from the […]

Economic security issues top Michigan women’s concerns, commission chief says 

BY: - August 26, 2020

On the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Equality Day, the Michigan Women’s Commission (MWC) announced it is moving from the Department of Civil Rights to the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) to prioritize economic issues Michigan women face every day. Michigan Women’s Commission Executive Director Cheryl Bergman, who served as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s former […]

700 Mich. employers have used program to bring back laid-off workers during COVID-19

BY: - May 28, 2020

The state is encouraging employers to bring back laid-off workers through reduced hours using the state’s Work Share program.  The program helps hard-hit employers get back on their feet during the  economic downfall by offering employees reduced hours and still allowing them to collect partial unemployment benefits.  Almost 700 Michigan employers are already participating in […]

Some workers worry about safety as manufacturing plants reopen

BY: - May 12, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced last week that manufacturing companies could reopen Monday as a part of her MI Safe Start Plan. Her plan to reopen manufacturing companies, which accounts for 19% of the state’s economy, represents a significant part in re-engaging the state’s economy. The decision also falls under phase three of her six-part plan […]

Khaldun: Michigan’s COVID-19 fight likely will last until 2021

BY: - April 29, 2020

Beating COVID-19 will be a long-term effort that will likely stretch into next year until a vaccine or antiviral treatment is developed, Michigan Department Health and Human Services (DHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said Wednesday. During a news conference with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Khaldun announced Michigan now has more than 40,000 cases and […]

Michiganders should certify unemployment status on different days

BY: - April 17, 2020

If you need to certify your unemployment status, don’t do it on a Monday. Learn more about how to claim unemployment benefits in Michigan during the COVID-19 outbreak by clicking here. Eligible employees can apply for unemployment benefits online here or by calling 1-866-500-0017. Instead, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) advises certifying your status […]

After crush of unemployment claims, state says it’s upgraded servers

BY: - April 14, 2020

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) website saw higher traffic Monday night than any other time in the last few weeks, according to Director Jeff Donofrio. Donofrio gave a video press update Tuesday on how the department is dealing with the historic number of unemployment claims after a slew of complaints from […]

Whitmer on Trump: ‘The government doesn’t get opened up on Twitter’

BY: - April 13, 2020

There is some evidence that the rate of increase in new cases of COVID-19 is slowing down in Michigan. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said at a Monday news conference that she is cautiously optimistic about the COVID-19 numbers being reported by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), but that more data is needed […]

‘If and when can we go back to work’: Laid-off workers worry what happens after COVID-19 crisis

BY: - April 11, 2020

When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closed bars, restaurants and other businesses on March 16 to slow the spread of COVID-19, it meant that some people lost their Friday night date plans or their St. Patrick Day celebrations came to a halt.  But for thousands of Michiganders, these closures were much more dire. For those working in […]

Michigan jobless claims skyrocket 550%, experts say big stimulus needed to stop COVID-19 recession

BY: - March 20, 2020

Goldman Sachs estimates about 2.25 million Americans filed initial unemployment claims this week in the wake of job layoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If that prediction proves to be accurate, it would be the highest number of filings on record.  What can be done? A “large fiscal stimulus” is needed to stave off an […]