How To Apply For Unemployment In Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development built a new website in 2016 to handle all online claims for Minnesota Unemployment Insurance. It provides resources for both workers and employers, including regular updates on any changes made to unemployment insurance guidelines. Use the links below to get started:

Eligible unemployment status is defined as a worker in need of employment due to “lack of work.” All other situations, such as voluntary quits and firings, will be reviewed based on interviews with the applicant and former employer. Written testimonials will be required.

How to file your Initial Unemployment Insurance Claim

You can file a new claim online by going to Have your social security number or resident alien number available when you make the claim. You’ll also need to provide employment history with contact information and dates. If you’re unable to file online, use the phone number below that matches your situation best:

  • Twin Cities Area: (651) 296-3644
  • Greater Minnesota: (877) 898-9090
  • TTY (for hearing impaired): (866) 814-1252

Your telephone filing day is determined by the last digit of your social security number. If you are a 0, 1, or 2, file on Monday. 3, 4, and 5 can file on Tuesday. 6 through 9 should file on Wednesday. Thursdays and Fridays are open for all if you miss your designated filing day. To avoid missing your designated day, it’s best to file for unemployment online.

First Payment and Weekly Claims

You will not receive a payment the first week after you file your unemployment insurance benefits claim. This waiting week is mandated by law and a universal requirement for all fifty states. After the waiting week, you’ll receive your first payment via ACH direct deposit to your bank account or via a US Bank ReliaCard provided by Minnesota Unemployment Insurance.

In order to continue receiving weekly benefits payments, you must file weekly reports to the unemployment insurance office, either online or by phone. These reports are a confirmation that you are still willing and able to work, have been looking for a new job, and do not have a medical condition or other circumstance that prevents you from working.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Students

High school students are not eligible to receive unemployment benefits until after they have graduated from high school. College students and workers in job training programs can receive benefits but must be willing to drop classes or re-arrange their schedule if suitable employment is offered. Students on UI benefits are still required to look for work while in school.

If you’re seeking reemployment assistance because you’re unemployed due to outdated skills, visit a Career Force Minnesota location to sign up for a job training program. Career Force has training options for unemployed workers, veterans, foreign workers, and individuals with disabilities. They partner with potential employers and community agencies to provide the best resources available to get you back to work quickly.

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