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Search requirement restored to qualify for jobless aid

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People who receive unemployment payments must once-again prove they’ve engaged in some type of state-approved job search activity or risk losing the benefit, in which that rule was reinstated Sunday.

The rule was suspended since March of 2020 because of the COVID-19 crisis.

But now people will need to again show proof every week they’ve applied for a job, been through some type of training, or engaged in some other type of work-search activity.

Liza Estlund Olson leads the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency.

“It’s important for folks to understand that they must do them and they must tell us what those activities were to continue receiving their benefits.”

Olson says people who turn down job offers may be denied benefits.

She says this is a good time for jobseekers to find work as more Michiganders get vaccinated and the economy continues to re-open.