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Applying for Unemployment

We are an online resource to help answer your questions, check eligibility and assist in applying for Unemployment. You will also be advised if you qualify for additional benefit programs and receive our benefit guide.

Minnesota Unemployment

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program was created to help individuals financially while they find a job. You should apply for benefits as soon as you are unemployed or your work hours have been reduced.

In order to be eligible to receive UI benefits, you must comply with several requirements.


Claimants must:

  • Have earned sufficient wages
  • Be legally authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Be unemployed through no fault of your own
  • Actively seek work
  • Be able and available to work


As a claimant, you must provide:

  • Social Security number

  • Alien registration number, if you are not a U.S. citizen

  • Driver’s license number or other state government identification number

  • Mailing address

  • Telephone number

  • Birth date

  • Bank account number and bank routing number, if you want to use direct deposit for benefit payment

You will need your employment history for the past 18 months, including:

  • Each employer’s name, address and telephone number.

  • Dates of employment (month and year).

  • Pay rate.

  • Reason for unemployment.

Filing a Claim

You can file a UI claim online or over the phone.

To file online:

To apply over the phone, call:

  • Twin Cities area: 651-296-3644

  • Greater Minnesota: 1-877-898-9090

  • TTY - for the hearing impaired: 1-866-814-1252

You can file claims Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You must request payments every week to keep receiving benefits. You can certify your weeks online or over the phone. Instructions will be provided.

Emergency Unemployment Compensation

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) is a federal extension given to individuals who have exhausted all regular Minnesota reemployment assistance benefits. EUC benefits are currently unavailable. Benefits ended on December 2013. In order for EUC to be extended, the U.S. House and U.S. Senate must pass a bill and the President must sign it into law. 

What happens if I’m fired, laid off or if I quit?

You must report if you are fired, quit your job or refuse work to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, so a determination of eligibility for UI benefits can be made.

When you file a claim, your employer will be mailed a “Notice of Filing” to verify the reason you have stated as to why you are no longer working. The Department will have the final say regarding your eligibility for benefits.

There is no penalty or reduction in Unemployment Insurance benefits if you are laid off.