Unemployment Benefits in Minnesota
If you're laid off from your job, unemployment benefits can provide financial support for up to six months.
On March 16, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order to ensure workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have full access to unemployment benefits. Learn more about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and unemployment benefits .
Unemployment benefits provide a short-term and partial replacement for lost wages (that is, money). This helps workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. If you qualify, these benefits can provide basic living support while you search for a job.
You can apply for unemployment benefits on the first day that you are unemployed or your work hours are reduced.
- Apply online at www.uimn.org. Click on Apply for UI Benefits
- Apply over the phone using the automated phone option. You can choose English, Spanish, Hmong, or Somali:
- Twin Cities area: 651-296-3644
- Greater Minnesota: 1-877-898-9090 (toll free)
Learn about income that reduces or delays your weekly unemployment payment.
Other Types of Unemployment Benefits
- If you were part of a large layoff or plant closing, you may be eligible for employment services for laid off workers.
- If you lost your job due to a natural disaster, you may qualify for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
- Veterans may also qualify for Unemployment Compensation for ex-service members.
- You may be eligible for Trade Readjustment Allowances if your job loss was due to foreign imports.
If Your Benefits Have Run Out
The Worker ReEmployment website is your one-stop site for national employment, training, and financial help after a layoff. It includes advice and resources for those who have run out of unemployment benefits. It also includes links to benefits and assistance.
More Help and Answers to Questions
- Visit your local Minnesota CareerForce location to get help with your job search and information about government resources.
- Locate child care, transportation, and other support services that you may need after a job loss.