To keep our staff and customers safe, as of Monday, March 30, we will be delivering services by phone, online or other virtual technologies only. For assistance, call your local Michigan Works service center or call 1-800-285-WORK (9675) to be connected to the nearest Michigan Works! office. You can also submit your questions using the form below or the chat feature in the bottom right of your screen; one of our staff will respond as soon as they are able.

Please note these additional, important changes. Until further notice:

  • West Michigan Works! has cancelled non-essential services such as workshops, orientations, hiring events and other group activities.
  • All unemployment claims can currently be filed online at Michigan.gov/UIA or by calling 1-866-500-0017. Please see the schedule below to file by last name.
  • You are NOT required to report in person at Michigan Works! to register for work.

Save the Date: June 24 & 25
– Job seeker registration: June 15-19

Save the Date: July 29 & 30
– Job seeker registration: July 20-24

Learn more and register at westmiworks.org/virtual-job-fair.


When filing for unemployment, please follow the schedule below based on the first letter of your LAST name. For additional guidance from the Unemployment Insurance Agency, check out this series of how-to videos.
File for Unemployment by Last Name


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Be Counted 2020

April 1, 2020 was Census Day in the U.S., but there is still time to complete this year’s census questionnaire! The census is an important process that helps determine our representation in all levels of government and how much federal funding goes to our communities. In fact, Michigan stands to lose $18,000 per person over the next 10 years due to an inaccurate count.

Everyone can do their part by completing the census questionnaire accurately and completely. Get started!

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While we’ve had to make some changes to our service delivery, we can still help you with your job search.

To keep our staff and customers safe, as of Monday, March 30, we will be delivering services by phone, online or other virtual technologies only. Submit the form below and one of our staff will respond as soon as they are able.

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Workshops & Hiring Events

West Michigan Works! offers a variety of free events to help you take your next step to a new career. Whether you are looking to sharpen your interview skills or meet an employer who is hiring, we have options for you!

Community Partners Provide Additional Services

Are you on the road to success but could use some additional support? Our community partners provide specialized services to help you along the way. Many of our partners have representatives with regular office hours at our service centers to make getting support even easier.

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Social Media and the Hiring Process

For several years we have been hearing “what you put on the internet lasts forever!” That is true now more than ever—especially when it comes to getting hired.   A 2017 CareerBuilder study indicates that 70% of employers “use social media to screen candidates before hiring.” The same study showed that over half of employers have not hired a candidate [...]

Getting on the Path to Stability

PATH Program Creates Hope for Participants West Michigan Works! partners with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to help individuals receiving state assistance discover and meet their career needs and goals.  The PATH (Partnership. Accountability. Training. and Hope) program helps participants create an individualized career plan, set goals and take steps toward making their plan [...]

Employers Are Still Hiring & Supporting Their Community During COVID-19

Employer Highlight: Tech Defenders Many West Michigan employers are finding unique and innovative ways to help other businesses and individuals impacted by the pandemic. Over the next few weeks we’ll share examples of businesses meeting—and helping others to meet—challenges imposed by COVID-19.   Tech Defenders specializes in repairing and repurposing mobile devices for K-12 schools and [...]

Success Story: Angelique

Success Story

Imagine showing up to your job and learning that your employer had closed overnight. You are left with no income, which means facing foreclosure on your home. Where do you turn to ensure you can care for your family?

It happened to our customer, Angelique, and this is her story.