Michigan unemployment appeals surge amid agency mistakes

Beth LeBlanc
The Detroit News

The September letter demanding a nearly $30,000 repayment was like a gut punch for Kellie Saunders. 

The Metro Detroit wedding photographer had just started getting back to business after a months-long pause during the pandemic when the Unemployment Insurance Agency notice arrived. 

Because of an error early in the application process Saunders had been overpaid unemployment benefits starting in April 2020, but wasn’t alerted to the issue until more than a year later. 

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