Use the calculator to estimate your Michigan weekly benefit amount (WBA) for unemployment compensation. The calculator was last updated in March 2020.

You can also learn more about what you will need to file for unemployment in Michigan.


Instructions and details are included below the calculator. The calculator will auto-update as you enter information.

The calculator is for informational purposes only and cannot file any claim for benefits on your behalf. Furthermore, this calculator is not endorsed by any government agency and cannot guarantee eligibility or benefits.

Michigan Weekly Benefit Amount Calculator: Instructions and Explanations

Date Claim Filed

Enter the date that you filed your claim (or will file your claim) for unemployment.

Michigan will usually consider your claim effective as of Sunday of the same week that you file. This affects which quarterly earnings are considered as your base period (see below) when calculating your weekly benefit amount.

Base Period: Calendar Quarters | Wages Earned

Enter your total wage earnings for each of the four calendar quarters listed, which are the first four of the most recent five completed calendar quarters. You must have earnings in at least two quarters, earned at least $3,589 in your highest-earning quarter, and the total wages for all four quarters must be at least 1.5x the wages earned in your highest-earning quarter.

The quarter with the highest earnings will then be used to calculate your WBA.

If you do not qualify under the standard base period, you may be able to use the most recent four completed quarters as an alternate base period (with different earning minimum requirements).

# of Dependents

Enter the number of dependents for whom you provided more than 50% of the cost of support, and who are your:

  • children or grandchildren, who are:
    • under 18 years of age, or
    • disabled and unable to work, or
    • full-time students under the age of 22
  • spouse
  • siblings, who are:
    • under 18 years of age, or
    • disabled and unable to work, or
    • full-time students under the age of 22
  • parents, who are:
    • at least 65 years of age, or
    • permanently disabled and unable to work

Michigan Weekly Benefit Amount Calculator: Results

Estimated Weekly Benefit Rate (WBA)

The calculator returns your estimated WBA based on your highest-earning quarter during the base period.

Your WBA is approximately 4.1% of your highest-earning quarter. You receive an additional $6 per week for each dependent, including dependent children, spouse, certain siblings, and certain parents. You cannot receive more than an additional $30 for all of your dependents.

The maximum WBA is $362.

The calculator will return an estimated weekly benefit rate of $0, if it appears that you do not meet the eligibility requirements described above.

Your WBA may be reduced by other compensation that you receive and certain mandated payments, such as delinquent child support payments.

Maximum # of Weeks

The maximum number of weeks for which you can receive your WBA varies between 14-20 weeks, depending on your total wages earned during your base period.

Weeks are calculated by multiplying total wages earned during your base period by 40% and then dividing by your WBA. If the resulting figure is less than 14 weeks, you cannot receive any benefits. The maximum number of weeks cannot exceed 20 weeks.

File a Claim in Michigan

The following link will let you start the online process to file a claim for benefits. Unemployment compensation benefits are administered by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity’s Unemployment Insurance Agency, the state government agency that helps Michigan job seekers and workers.