Michigan Approved for FEMA Unemployment of $300 weekly

Michigan was finally approved for the executive order declared by President Trump to allow for up to $400 of unemployment bonus payments to be issued. This has been an unclear situation from the start at the National and individual state levels.

States are supposed to apply to Federal Emergency Management Agency or more commonly known as FEMA (yes the FEMA famous for disaster relief during hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, and other natural disasters) for their weekly bonus payments. As of August 18, 2020 11 states — Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Utah — were approved to offer the $300 supplement to jobless benefits, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

If you live in South Dakota, you are out of luck, as the state declined the assistance.


Michigan has been added to this list as recently as August 18th. However Michigan’s Governor Whitmer declined a state match of $100, so unemployment bonus will only be $300, not the maximum $400 allowed by the President Trump Executive Order. The move will bump the weekly maximum collected from the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency to $662 from the State Maximum of $362. People eligible for the federal payment starting Aug. 1 will be paid retroactively, with no clear end date for the extra federal funding. The $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Application (PUA) payments ended the last week of July.

1-14-21 update – per the December 2020 government funding bill the update you are looking for is here.