LANSING, MI – Yesterday, the Office of the Auditor General released their audit report finding, in part, that the Unemployment Insurance Agency paid out $3.9 billion in unauthorized unemployment benefits to nearly 350,000 Michiganders. The Michigan AFL-CIO has released the following statement:
“During the pandemic, a record number of Michiganders found themselves jobless and applying for unemployment benefits. Through two federal administrations new programs, rules and regulations were imposed on the office and it’s no surprise that there was confusion,” said Ron BIEBER, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “Despite these hardships, the Unemployment Insurance Agency was able to provide more than $39 BILLION in jobless benefits to nearly 3.5 million Michiganders, providing a critical, temporary lifeline to pay for food, housing, prescriptions and other critical needs.”
The Michigan AFL-CIO, Michigan’s largest labor organization, is a federation representing forty different labor organizations, eighteen different central labor councils, and eight constituency groups representing over 1 million union members and their families.