Michigan looks to overhaul unemployment office after sudden departure of UIA director

Major changes expected at Michigan unemployment office

Michigan looks to overhaul unemployment office after resignation of director

The state of Michigan is looking to overhaul its unemployment office after the director’s sudden resignation.

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Michigan unemployment office has worked through significant issues.

The UIA has been flooded with calls, as more than 2 million Michigan residents have applied for benefits since the start of the pandemic. Early on, problems with the system made the process difficult for many people.

The system couldn’t keep up with demand, and many people were frustrated. They couldn’t get in touch with an agency and, as a result, struggled to get the help they needed.

UIA Director Steve Gray tried to answer questions from lawmakers, but now he is out. He resigned last week.

Insiders told Local 4′s Help Me Hank that Gray’s departure was planned, and it now gives the state a chance to rebrand the agency and start fresh.

You can watch Hank Winchester’s full report in the video posted above.

About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4’s Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV’s “Help Me Hank” Consumer Unit. Hank works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off people in our community.

Derick is the Lead Digital Editor for ClickOnDetroit and has been with Local 4 News since April 2013. Derick specializes in breaking news, crime and local sports.