Minnesota Unemployment Calculator

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State Name: Minnesota

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Recent Questions

In MN past 26 wks of benefits, do i have to apply to receive ext. benefits or continue to request wkly benef
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To apply for Minnesota unemployment benefits click here

The most recent figures for Minnesota show an unemployment rate of 4.8%.

Non-Monetary Eligibility Requirements

You can collect benefits if you meet a series of legal eligibility requirements:

  • Have earned qualifying wages
  • Are unemployed through no fault of their own,
  • Are able and obtainable to work full-time and
  • Are keenly looking for full-time work

In addition to having adequate earnings, you must meet other eligibility benefits to be entitled for UI benefits. Some instances of issues that may influence eligibility for UI benefits comprise:

  • Reason for job separation
  • Proper weekly claim filing
  • School attendance
  • Self employment or corporate offices
  • Strike or labor disputes
  • Denial of a job offer
  • Alien status
  • School employee
  • Illness or injury
  • Professional athlete

More details on UI eligibility can be found in the unemployment eligibility article.

Monetary Eligibility Requirements

Qualifying Wages:

You must have worked at least two calendar quarters of your Base period, and have enough wages. Under the present Law, you may be eligible monetarily if you were paid wages in covered employment of at least $858.00 in the calendar quarter of your period in which your wages were the maximum and your total base period wages were no less than one and a half times the wages paid in that highest quarter.

For more information on Base Period and monetary determination refer unemployment eligibility article.

How long will I receive benefits:

Usually, most states permit an individual to obtain unemployment for a maximum of 26 weeks, or half the benefit the benefit year. A few states have standardized benefit duration, while most have different durations depending upon the worker. In a state with varied duration, it is probable that the benefit year may include less than 26 payable weeks.

The calculation is normally which us smaller: 26xWBA or 1/3 BPW. WBA is the Weekly Benefit Amount, so 26xWBA would be the regular week program. 1/3 BPW refers to the Base Period Wages, so if a person did not succeed to earn more than 3 times the standard benefit amount, they will be suitable for fewer weeks of coverage.

How much weekly benefit will I receive:

You can guess your Potential Benefits Online. Your weekly benefit amount and the number of weeks of entitlement to benefits are based on the wages you were paid and amount of time you worked during your base period. The weekly benefit amount is calculated by dividing the sum of the wages earned during the highest quarter of the base period by 26, rounded down to the next lower whole dollar. The result cannot exceed the utmost weekly benefit permitted by rule.

The base period is the term used to describe the time frame used as the basis for deciding whether or not you will be monetarily eligible for unemployment.

How are Benefits Calculated:

Once you make out how the unemployment are calculated, you will have a fair idea of how much you could receive per week or per benefit period if you were to lose your job. This is significant when you think taking unemployment or searching another job.

Unemployment is computed and one half of what your weekly pay was at the time of the discharge up to your state's maximum benefit. You will have to verify with your state's unemployment office to see what the highest payout for your state is. For further details refer unemployment benefits article.

Recently Asked Questions:

What wages are used to establish a benefit account?
Your benefits are based on the amount of gross wages paid to you from all employers during a recent 52-week (one year) period of time. This is called your base period. Commissions, bonuses, overtime, vacation pay, severance pay (depending on timing), and wages earned in other states are included. Earnings from self-employment are not included.

Can wages earned in another state be used to establish a benefit account?
To establish a Minnesota unemployment benefit account using wages from another state, you must have at least some wages in your base period that were paid by a Minnesota employer. If you did not work in Minnesota during your base period and your employment was in another state(s) or U.S. territory(ies), you should contact the state in which you last worked to apply for unemployment benefits.

How does part-time work affect unemployment benefits?
If you work 32 or more hours in a week or if your gross earnings for a week equal or exceed your weekly benefit amount, you are not eligible for unemployment benefits for that week.

If you work less than 32 hours and earn less than your weekly benefit amount, you can receive a partial benefit payment. 55% of your part-time earnings in a week will reduce your benefits for that week dollar for dollar. Any money not paid to you due to a reduction stays in your account balance through the end of your benefit year.

Can wages earned in the military be used to establish a benefit account?
To use military wages to establish an account, you must:
be physically present in Minnesota to establish a Minnesota account; and, have completed your first term of service and been discharged under honorable conditions.
If you did not complete your first term of service, your branch of service determines your eligibility for unemployment benefits based on the narrative reason for your discharge.
National Guard or Military Reserve wages can be used if earned in unbroken active duty for 90 days or more, with an honorable discharge.

How does social security retirement affect benefit payment?
If your Social Security claim was approved before the beginning date of your base period, your Social Security benefits will not affect your benefit payment.
If your Social Security claim was approved after the beginning date of your base period, your weekly unemployment benefits will be reduced by 50% of your weekly social security benefit amount.
Survivor's benefits will not affect your benefits.

What should I do if I was paid as an independent contractor or received a form 1099 instead of a W-2 form?
These are indications that your employer considered you self-employed and not covered by unemployment insurance. If you were indeed self-employed, those earnings cannot be used in computing your unemployment benefits. However, an employer is not the authority that determines whether you worked as a covered employee or as a self-employed individual.
If your employer said you were an independent contractor, but you believe your working relationship and responsibilities were those of an employee, or are not sure, complete the Wage and Employer Correction sheet included with your Determination of Benefit Account. Include a brief description of your job situation with this employer, along with a note regarding the type of work you did and how you were paid. A department auditor may contact you and the employer before the customer service specialist determines your status.


How do pension payments affect my unemployment benefits?
Pension payments from a fund your base period employer contributed to will reduce your unemployment benefits dollar for dollar; unless:
You have to pay a penalty for early withdrawal, or
You roll the pension into another retirement fund without taking a taxable payment.
Pension payments from a fund your base period employer did not contribute to will not reduce your unemployment benefits.

Can I receive unemployment benefits while working in self-employment?
You can be eligible for benefits for any week you meet all three of these requirements:
You worked less than 32 hours in any combination of employment and self-employment, and earned less than your weekly benefit amount.
You are also seeking a job as an employee, by making contacts with potential employers that week. Keep a record of your job contacts.
You are willing to rearrange or quit self-employment activity if it interferes with seeking or accepting employment under the normal conditions of your usual occupation.


What are Federal-State Extended Benefits (EB)?
Federal-State Extended Benefits (EB) are benefits available after you have exhausted your regular state unemployment benefits, or a tier of federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC). The Federal-State Extended Benefits program (EB) provides for up to 13 more weeks.

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