Unemployment Benefits in Minnesota

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Welcome to the Jobcase resource center for unemployment in Minnesota. If you are here, you are probably trying to figure out your unemployment benefits to keep you afloat during this challenging time. Applying for unemployment benefits can be complicated, so here’s a cheat sheet with information to help you navigate.

What is it called?

Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program.

Online

The Applicant Self-Service System provides all the tools you need and is the fastest way to apply for benefits. The system is available Sunday - Friday, 6AM to 8PM.

If you need to apply for unemployment benefits for the first time, please refer to the schedule below. You will only be allowed to apply on your assigned day (or on Thursday/Friday if you missed that day).

Last Digit of SSNDay of weekTime
0, 1 or 2Monday6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
3, 4 or 5Tuesday6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
6, 7, 8 or 9Wednesday6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
AnyThursday6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
AnyFriday6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

By Phone

Available Sunday - Friday, 6AM - 8PM, the automated phone system offers options in English, Spanish, Hmong, or Somali

  • Twin Cities area: 651-296-3644
  • Greater Minnesota: 1-877-898-9090
  • TTY (for the hearing impaired): 1-866-814-1252

Info you need to apply

  • Social Security number
  • Driver's license number or other state government identification number
  • Contact information
  • 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 you no longer work for the employer

You may also need

  • DD-214 Member 4 (not mandatory to apply) if you served in the military in the past 18 months
  • SF 8 and SF50 if you were a federal employee in the past 18 months
  • Work authorization document if you are not a U.S. citizen
  • Trade union name and local number of your hiring hall if you are a union member

FAQ + Resources

Tutorial: Apply for Benefits: What You Should Know Before Applying

Tutorial: Apply for Benefits: Completing the Online Application

Good luck, we're here to help! Information is changing quickly. Please consult the state's applicable website provided above to be sure the information is valid.

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