Workforce Relief


The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity is asking self-employed workers, gig workers, 1099 independent-contractor and low-wage workers to NOT APPLY AT THIS TIME.  Applications will be open in the next few days.  If you already applied for unemployment benefits, you DO NOT need to reapply.

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If you have already filed an unemployment claim or are receiving support from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), you are NOT required to report in person at Michigan Works! at this time.

Call 1-800-285-WORKS (9675) between 8am - 5pm to make an appointment for virtual/remote services. Michigan Works! Questions? Please email

All Oakland County Michigan Works! service center workshops, job fairs, career assistance orientation sessions and other group activities are postponed.

Coronavirus Information Resources

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information

Oakland County COVID-19 Digital Toolkits feature important information on the Coronavirus for the general public and businesses.

Expanded Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19 - Under Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order and the federal government’s CARES Act, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Compensation Program now offers expanded benefits to those impacted by COVID-19.
Online Resources for Workers Impacted by COVID-19 - General resources, unemployment insurance, and community resources
COVID-19: Resources for Job Seekers - Info on filing unemployment, access to community services, getting a new job and more

Unemployment Benefits Temporarily Expanded for Michigan Workers

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has temporarily expanded the eligibility for unemployment benefits.

Unemployment benefits have been extended to:

  • Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill. 

  • Workers who are sick, quarantined or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off. 

  • First responders in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19.

Benefits to unemployed workers also will be extended: 

  • Benefits will be increased from 20 to 26 weeks 

  • The normal in-person registration and work search requirements will be suspended 

Eligible employees impacted COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) should apply for unemployment benefits online at or 1-866-500-0017. 

Claming Unemployment Benefits in Michigan: COVID-19 Guide

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Talent Services

Drop by or call your local Oakland County Michigan Works! office to get free help from career management experts and take advantage of other opportunities for a bright future. A variety of job search, technology, social media, career management, training and education resources as well as workshops, events and job/career fairs are offered.​

To learn about the services we offer and the Oakland County Michigan Works locations take a look at our Career Assistance Program Flyer.

Get free help from career management experts and take advantage of other resources for job seekers at your local Oakland County Michigan Works! office.

Unemployed? ​

To file for unemployment, visit Michigan Unem​​ployment Insur​ance Agency​ or call 1-866-500-0017, TTY 1-866-366-0004.​

Our Locations

Call the nearest Michigan Works! location to find out how we can help, and check out the map to find locations.