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Unemployment benefits have been extended to:

Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill.

Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.

First responders in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19.

A factsheet on how to apply for benefits can also be found here but has not been updated to reflect the new unemployment filing schedule. A massive increase in the number of people filing for unemployment has overburdened the system. The state is now asking that people adhere to the following schedule. Claims will be backdated to the date of lay off and you now have 28 days to file your claim. They are asking that you remain patient with longer webpage load times and busy signals.


Online Filing Schedule -

  • Last names beginning with letters A-L are asked to file claims on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays.
  • Last names beginning with letters M-Z are asked to file claims on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.
  • Saturdays will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.


Call Center Filing Schedule - 866-500-0017:


  • Last names beginning with letters A-L are asked to call on Mondays and Wednesdays between 8:00am – 6:00pm.
  • Last names beginning with letters M-Z are asked to call on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8:00am – 6:00pm.
  • Fridays (8:00am – 6:00pm) will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.
  • Saturdays 7:00am - 2:00pm


Unemployment benefits will be paid for 28 weeks (up from 20 weeks).


If you are having difficulty with a claim, our state representative Shane Hernandez invites you to send an email to his office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will contact UIA on your behalf. Please include your Full Name, Phone Number, Address, Claim Number, Letter ID and a brief description of your problem.


Michigan Works! resources can be found at or by calling 1-800-285-WORKS.


Paid Leave

H.R.6201 required employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide paid sick leave.


Pure Michigan Talent Connect

Pure Michigan Talent Connect is a tool connecting Michigan’s job seekers and employers


Employers and Self-Employed Individuals


Help for Small Businesses


The MEDC [Michigan Economic Development Corporation] call center stands ready to support businesses looking for assistance through available state programs. For more information, visit, or call 888.522.0103.


Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative will utilize federal CARES Act funding to provide $10 million in grants to meet the urgent need of Michigan small businesses disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus. Applications for businesses to apply will open on December 15, 2020 and will be reviewed on a “first-in” basis by the Michigan Municipal League Foundation.


Reopen Main Street A program of the MEDC, taking a look ahead at “new reality” possibilities and working to compile potential reopening strategies, ideas, hints and tips for businesses, business districts and organizations as we enter the COVID-19 recovery phase.


The Michigan Small Business Development Center can also provide resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.


The Small Business Administration has approved Governor Whitmer's request for statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Businesses can apply here. Don't forget about other federal resources available through the Small Business Administration.


S.3548 CARES Act includes those who are self-employed, independent contractors, and gig workers as small businesses.


Guide to the CARES Act by the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship.


There are also private grants available. Try researching Facebook Small Business Grants


Employees and Human Resources


Information about the interaction between COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act and Family and Medical Leave Act can be found through the Department of Labor.


The state is encouraging employers to participate in the Work Share program if possible. This allows employees to work reduced hours and qualify for partial unemployment. If no hours are available, they urge a "temporary leave" designation in lieu of "termination". You can find more on their website.


The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity has many resources available to employers through Back To Work Resources. These include assistance in locating talent, ensuring a safe work environment, and childcare costs.

Job Search will help you build your resume. This service is provided free through their community giveback program. Thank you, James!


Pathfinder utilizes state-specific education and career information and lets you compare different options to find the path that’s right for you.



Available Jobs


Deckerville Village Clerk-Appointed Position

Must be familiar with accounting and finance, book keeping and record keeping. Must be able to work with computers, software and office equipment. Hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday and meetings as assigned. Application can be picked up at the Village office 2521 Black River St. Deckerville, Michigan. For more information and a job description call Tracey Hoff/Village Supervisor at 810-531-5714.


Village of Deckerville

Is looking for someone to clean the municipal offices on a semi-monthly basis.  Please contact the village offices at 810-376-9505 M-W-F from 9 to 5 for more information.



Sanilac County Government Job Openings

DNR Job Openings

DNR Conservation Officer