Unemployed Michigan residents have up to an additional six weeks of jobless aid again  after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed two bills into law that the GOP-led Legislature passed last week. 

The legislation would extend the duration of jobless benefits from 20 weeks to 26 weeks, which is the maximum for federal benefits.

The bill also continues work share programs through the Unemployment Insurance Agency and waives requirements that an individual must be actively seeking employment if an employer confirms a layoff is temporary.

Whitmer on Tuesday urged legislators to pass bills making the change permanent, instead of through December, as the legislation is written. 

“Given the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Michigan, I urge the Legislature to take further