# How to Calculate My Gross Income for Michigan Unemployment

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To qualify for unemployment benefits in Michigan, you must be unemployed, physically and mentally capable of full-time employment, ready and willing to work a suitable full-time job, and looking for full-time work. Your benefits are based on the gross income received over four quarters. Gross income is all the wages you received from your employer during the four-quarter period, including holiday, vacation, severance and retirement payments.

## Alternate Computation

If the regular calculation method doesn’t apply to you, you might qualify for benefits under the alternate earnings qualifier method. In this case, you must have received wages in at least two quarters in your base period and the sum of all four quarters should amount to no less than the alternate earnings qualifier. The AEQ is 20 times the state average weekly wage. Michigan’s average weekly wage for 2014 is \$893.44.

## Benefit Amount

Your weekly benefit amount is based on the highest amount of income you received in a base period quarter multiplied by 4.1 percent plus \$6 for each dependent you claim. You can claim up to five dependents when you file for unemployment. Assume that your highest quarterly income was \$3,012 and you are claiming two dependents. Multiply \$3,012 by 0.041 to arrive at \$123.49. Add \$123.49 to the \$12 that you get for both of your dependents. This comes to \$135.49. Round down the total to the next lowest dollar amount to arrive at \$135. As of 2014, the maximum amount you can get weekly is \$362.

## Eligible Number of Weeks

To know the number of weeks of unemployment for which you qualify on a single unemployment claim, identify your gross income for your base period. Multiply the result by 43 percent, then divide the total by your weekly benefit amount. You can receive no less less than 14 weeks of benefits and no more than 20 weeks.

## Other Considerations

You can probably accept part-time work and keep receiving unemployment benefits, but your payments will be reduced based on your gross earnings in the week for which you’re claiming benefits.