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Other doors unlock, but Michigan jobless aid offices stay shut 'til who-knows-when

June 23, 2020, 9:27 AM

We can renew driver licenses and plates in person, but still can't file for unemployment mask-to-mask.

(Graphic: Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency)

That puzzles WDIV consumer investigative reporter Hank Winchester.

Most of the state has reopened as the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) slows, but why are Michigan unemployment offices still closed? ...

There are a variety of factors at play, but the main issue is staffing, Local 4 was told. The UIA [Unemployment Insurance Agency] is preparing for possible large crowds, and they'll need to enforce social distancing and have security in place ... [because] the challenges [in getting benefits] have angered many residents. 

"The UIA is working with the Office of the State Employer to develop a plan on the potential reopening of its field offices," a UIA spokesperson said.

Possible large crowds? Seems a safe bet.

Read more:  WDIV

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