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New unemployment program unveiled

LANSING — The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) announced that eligible Michiganders can apply for the new Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program.

The MEUC program was created as part of the federal Continued Assistance Act (CAA) and provides an additional $100 per week in supplemental benefits. MEUC is payable for the weeks ending January 2, 2021, through the week ending March 13, 2021.

Potentially eligible claimants have received a notice either by mail or in their Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) account about the availability of MEUC and how to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for MEUC:

— Claimants must have earned at least $5,000 in self-employment income (net) in the most recent taxable year.

— Claimants must be receiving unemployment benefits for weeks covered by the MEUC program, which are the weeks ending January 2, 2021 through March 13, 2021.

— Claimants must apply online for the MEUC program and must submit proof of self-employment income.

— MEUC is not available for claimants who are currently receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

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