© 2021 MICHIGAN RADIO
91.7 Ann Arbor/Detroit 91.3 Port Huron 104.1 Grand Rapids 91.1 Flint
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
News

Unemployment morass continues to snare legitimate claims

Unemployment office sign
BYTEMARKS
/
FLICKR - HTTP://J.MP/1SPGCLO

Some people's unemployment claims have been snared in serious gridlock at the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency.

The agency is dealing with large numbers of potentially fraudulent claims, and the UIA says backdated claims for large sums have to go through a lengthy review process and be approved by a manager.

That may be what's happening to Janea Hall's claim, which she filed in March, after she was laid off from her job as a hospital janitor.

The Detroit mother of one says her benefits suddenly stopped in May. She says she's had no income since then.

"Right now I have food to put in my refrigerator, because I just sold some of my furniture, so hopefully the food will last a couple of weeks, I'm hoping it will."

But Hall says she does not have any money to pay this month's rent, and she's worried her landlord may initiate eviction proceedings.

The UIA says the pace of filing of fraudulent claims is not slowing, but hiring additional workers and establishing telephone appointments for those who are experiencing trouble getting their benefits has helped the situation.

[For more Michigan news right on your phone, subscribe to the Stateside podcast on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts today]

Want to support reporting like this? Consider making a gift to Michigan Radio today.

Related Content