WATCH: Update on Michigan unemployment system, federal CARES Act

Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity Director Jeff Donofrio provided an update Tuesday morning on the state’s implementation of the unemployment benefits outlined in the federal CARES Act for self-employed, gig, 1099-contract and low-wage workers.

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Michigan’s self-employed workers, gig workers, 1099-independent contractors and low-wage workers affected by COVID-19 can apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) beginning Monday at 8 a.m. Read more about it here.

However, the state’s unemployment online system experienced a widespread outage on Monday. Donofrio said Tuesday he will make sure everyone who needs to file can and will receive benefits.

Related: Michigan unemployment help and resources -- updated list

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