Minnesota Unemployment Guide

If you've recently lost your job in Minnesota, you may be eligible for Minnesota Unemployment Insurance benefits. This is a guide to filing your claim for Minnesota unemployment benefits. Since each situation may have its own unique circumstances, make sure you check with the contact numbers and websites listed below to make sure you get the maximum benefits you can claim.



Filing for Unemployment:

Unemployed Minnesota workers can file an initial claim for unemployment benefits one of two ways:

  1. Online – File your initial unemployment claim on the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Information and Benefits System (Monday – Friday, 6:00am to 6:00pm)
  2. Telephone – File your unemployment claim by telephone at 651-296-3644 (Twin Cities metro) or 877-898-9090 (rest of Minnesota). Call times are scheduled based on your SSN. Details on the call-in schedule online.


File your claim right away after you've stopped working – don't delay. Your claim starts the week you file. Unemployment benefits are not retroactive, so if you delay you may lose benefits.

  • Name, address & phone
  • SSN & date of birth
  • Driver's License or State ID
  • Name, address, phone number, gross earnings, dates worked, and reason for separation for all employers for the past 18 months
  • If you were discharged from the military in the last 18 months, you'll need Copy #4 of your DD Form 214
  • If you were a Federal employee in the last 18 months, you'll need SF 8 or SF 50 (or W2 or pay stubs)
  • If you are not a US Citizen, you'll need your Alien Registration Number, expiration, and type
  • The name and number of your union hall, if you are a union worker
  • Checking account information (found on a blank check) if you choose direct deposit


After you have filed for Minnesota unemployment, you will receive a Determination of Benefit Amount letter in the mail, detailing your weekly benefit, total benefits, and number of benefit weeks.

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Filing Your Weekly Claim:

Minnesota weekly unemployment benefits are approximately 50% of your weekly wages, paid up to a maximum $585 per week. Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) currently adds an additional $25 per week to your benefit.

Unemployed Minnesota workers can file weekly unemployment claims one of two ways:

  1. Online – File your initial unemployment claim on the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Information and Benefits System (Monday – Friday, 6:00am to 6:00pm)
  2. Telephone – File your unemployment claim by telephone at 651-296-3644 (Twin Cities metro) or 877-898-9090 (rest of Minnesota). Call times are scheduled based on your SSN. Details on the call-in schedule online.


Beware of the Waiting Week. Your first week of benefits is called a "waiting week" – this means you will not be paid benefits during your first week of eligibility, but you must still file a claim to get credit for waiting.

Unemployment benefit payments are paid via direct deposit or debit card. If you receive payments via debit card, you should expect card receipt approximately 8 days after your first unemployment benefit payment is processed. You should expect direct deposits and subsequent debit card payments to be available approximately 5 days after you filed your weekly benefit claim.


Unemployment Benefits:

Minnesota COBRA subsidies may be available to help unemployed workers pay health benefits. See the Minnesota Department of Human Services site for details. Health care benefits may also be available through the Health Coverage Tax Credit - Check COBRA and The IRS for details.

Minnesota workers may be eligible for career assistance and training assistance. See the PositivelyMinnesota, iSeek, or Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Re-Employment Assistance websites for details.


Filing for extensions:

If an extended benefit period is declared, based on unemployment rates, and it appears that you qualify, you will be notified with instructions to extend your unemployment benefits.


Ending Unemployment:

When you return to work, file for credit for the remaining few days you didn't work, and report wages earned for the week. Then, just stop filing - when you stop weekly filing, your unemployment benefits automatically end.


FAQ:

If you have questions, contact the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Office, weekdays from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

Make sure to keep a copy of your work search record. You may be required to supply copies to the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance office.

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