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Newly unemployed can apply for benefits online, even during holidays

State offices will be closed the next two Fridays and Mondays for the Christmas and New Year's holidays, but people who’ve lost their jobs can still apply for unemployment benefits online.

The automated system --  known as MARVIN  -- is available for people who need to file unemployment claims.

Applicants  must first create a free online account, and they can do that from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday  and and from eight to three on most Saturdays.  Those already in the system can track their account at the same site.

Because of the holidays, state officials say there may be a one- or two-day delay before jobless benefits are either directly deposited into the bank accounts or loaded onto the debit cards of unemployed workers.

There’s more information at Michigan.gov/uia.