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North Dakota Unemployment

Job Service North Dakota administers the state unemployment insurance program. Unemployment benefits are in place to temporarily assist individuals that became unemployed through no fault of their own. To be eligible for financial assistance, applicants must meet a number of requirements, not everyone who is unemployed will automatically qualify to receive unemployment benefits. Before you submit an unemployment claim, verify that you comply with the basic requirements:

  • Be able and available for work.
  • Be actively seeking employment.
  • Be monetarily eligible.

There are specific types of unemployment claims considered acceptable in North Dakota:

1. Combined wage claim – You can combine your earned wages from North Dakota and other states to file a single unemployment claim.

2. Unemployment compensation for Ex-Military Personnel – If you served in the military armed forces, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. You need to submit the DD-214 form when you file your unemployment clam.

3. Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees – Federal civilian employees can submit unemployment claims. Job Service will review your records and determine if you are eligible for unemployment benefits.

Unemployment claims can be filed online at You need to create a UI ICE (Unemployment Insurance Internet Claims Entry system) account. Once you have your North Dakota Login ID and password, you will be able to submit claims and weekly certifications online. This is the easiest and fastest way to submit unemployment claims and it is recommended as the preferred method by Job Service. However, if you are unable to file your claims using the web-based application, you can file your claim over the telephone.

The automated response voice service can be reached at 701-328-4995. When you file your initial claim you are required to create a Personal Identification Number (PIN). The PIN must be kept confidential at all times. You will need the PIN to submit weekly certifications online or via telephone.

After you file your initial unemployment claim, Job Service will review your information and determine if you qualify for benefit payments. You will receive a Monetary Determination that outlines the wages reported by your employers during your base period, the maximum benefit amount you are entitled to and your weekly benefit amount. If you disagree with Job Service’s determinations, you have the right to submit an appeal.

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