OUR COMMITMENT

The series of recent events highlighting the routine and perpetual inequities that people of color continue to face have reignited new frustrations about the lack of progress we’ve made in changing systems that perpetuate prejudice, bias and inequity.

West Michigan Works! is here for you. First, we are here to listen. What do we need to change? Are there ways we can do better, or help our communities to do better? Second, we are here to support. We are here to advocate against these injustices. We will seek out information, learn how to be an ally or anti-racist.

Read more about our commitment to stand against inequity.

WE'RE AVAILABLE TO HELP BY PHONE OR EMAIL

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.

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.

FOR JOB SEEKERS

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.

UNEMPLOYMENT INFO

All unemployment claims can currently be filed online at Michigan.gov/UIA or by calling 1-866-500-0017. When filing, please follow the schedule below based on the first letter of your LAST name. You can also view the schedule HERE.

Additional guidance from the the Unemployment Insurance Agency: Check out this series of how-to videos.

FILING SCHEDULE

File for Unemployment by Last Name

LOOKING FOR EMPLOYMENT?

West Michigan employers are hiring now!

The Weekly Hot Jobs page has hundreds of full-time, part-time, permanent and temporary jobs. Check it out>

VIRTUAL HIRING EVENTS

While in-person hiring events are cancelled until further notice, we offer a variety of virtual events to connect you with employers who are hiring now! View upcoming events and register>

FOR EMPLOYERS

Please contact us if you have any questions about recruitment assistance due to increased demand or if you have concerns regarding potential layoffs. Email us at business@westmiworks.org, call 616-336-2393 or use the chat feature in the bottom right of your screen.

VIRTUAL JOB FAIR

July 29 & 30
Employer registration now open through 5pm on Friday, July 17. Register here>

VIRTUAL EMPLOYER OF THE DAY

Speak directly with interested job seekers over the phone to learn about their skills and qualifications. We’ll do the promotion and scheduling! Learn more and register here.

EMPLOYERS

Talent awaits.

JOB SEEKERS

Opportunity knocks.

West Michigan Works!

West Michigan Works! is part of the statewide Michigan Works! system, serving the employers and job seekers of Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon and Ottawa counties.

In partnership with employers, educators, economic developers and community organizations, we work to create a qualified workforce that meets our region’s current and future talent needs and fuels our shared economic future.

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!

Census at home

Important Information About Our Services

We’re here for you!

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.

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 the form to the right and 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.
  • You are NOT required to report in person at Michigan Works! to register for work.

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Join our Team!

West Michigan Works! is looking for individuals to join our team. We offer generous benefits including:
  • Paid Holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Vacation & Sick Time
  • Medical, Dental & Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term & Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Pension Benefits

West Michigan's Hot Jobs! List

100

NUMBER OF HIGH-DEMAND JOBS

5

FASTEST-GROWING INDUSTRIES

$13 - $89

AVG STARTING SALARY RANGE

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