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Updated : December 17th, 2020

State: Minnesota (MN)
Phone Number:1-877-898-9090. Twin Cities local number is 651-296-3644. Note from the unemployment office: To speak directly to a representative Monday-Friday, between 8 AM and 4:30 PM. Dial 1-866-814-1252 for TTY services. It is best to avoid calling on Mondays and during morning hours due to the high volume of calls coming in. Calling later in the afternoon, or later in the week, will help you avoid busy signals and long wait times.
Major Towns:Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Duluth, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Plymouth, St. Cloud and Eagan
Current Unemploymnet Rate in Minnesota

Minnesota Unemployment 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.

Questions & Answers

  1. My son did not let his employer know he has a disability of Aspergers. He was fired for not showing up on time, but was there for every shift. He thought because he was there every shift he didn’t realize it was a problem. He is currently being denied because he was late and was working the wrong shift. Any chance he could fight and win his unemployment benefits?

    1. Stacy,

      Generally, UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose employment due to no fault of their own. If you think he was denied wrongfully, please keep supporting documents handy and consider filing an “Appeal”.

  2. I left a warehouse job in May to go to an office job. A few weeks into this new job an unforeseeable event involving the owners occurred and now the company is being dissolved. I will be out of a job as of August 22. I have only been at this new job for a few months, but there was no gap between this job and my last. Can I still qualify? Also I would prefer to find another job similar to this one and not a labor/warehouse job like I have had before. Will I be penalized for refusing labor jobs and focusing on another office job?

    1. Chase,

      Please go ahead and consider applying as long you have the monetary eligibility. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website for more. Also, you will be required to accept suitable job offers. For more, please call the Unemployment Office.

  3. Hi,

    I work for a construction company based in Minnesota and my employer laid me off due to lack of work in April. My employer has now contacted me about returning to work however, the job the company is working on is in Michigan and I do not want to travel. So I am wondering if I refuse to travel to Michigan can I still draw my unemployment benefits.

    1. Howard,

      You don’t have to necessarily accept the employment offer in a different state. Before making a decision, make sure to call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  4. Why is the new Mn unemployment page so difficult to navigate? What genius tried to make a simple process so confusing I can never find the applicant login page to claim benefits with out surfing for 5 minutes

    1. Dean,

      I can understand your concern. Why don’t you write an email to the authorities? Perhaps, your feedback can help the website administrator improve the User Experience.

  5. I live in Florida and work from home (telecommute) for a company based out of Minnesota. From which state do I apply for unemployment benefits?

    1. John,

      Firstly, please check if your state remits Unemployment Taxes on behalf of you. If ‘Yes’, you can be eligible to claim from the state where they pay.

  6. Perhaps there would be more assistance for those that really need it if Minnesota would get its act together. They get extra buses from Chicago every month to ship people over to collect welfare benefits that don’t even work here. So they collect in Chicago and MN and make more than average middle class. What is wrong with this picture Governor Walsh. Fix welfare. Should have to be a resident and a LEGAL citizen. So those of us that are citizens and lost our jobs, can’t get extension, but we give money away to illegal aliens or people out of state. Tired of it. Speak up people.

    1. mu husband is a seasonal employee for the army corp of engineers. he is also retired from the navy ad receives a navy retirement and disability will he still be eligible for Minnesota unemployment during his seasonal time off (the winter).

      1. Yvette,

        Seasonal workers do not generally qualify to claim UI benefits due to the nature of work. Please ask your husband to call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  7. I have work at my current company for 9 months the hours have dropped drastically can I collect un-employement for days not worked.

  8. My husband was employed with another company for 9 years and recently left for what he thought was a better opportunity. He has been with the new company for 5 weeks and they lost a big account and now his new job may be eliminated. Would he be eligible for unemployment benefits?

    1. Rhonda,

      Your husband may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. Please get in touch with the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  9. I submitted my resignation with a four week notice a couple days ago. I was told by my company today that they are accepting my resignation early. Therefore, I am no longer employed. I am actively looking for another position and do not anticipate it will be too difficult to find one; however, in the meantime, I am concerned about my finances and am wondering if I am eligible for unemployment?

  10. Hello,
    If my position is eliminated and I’ve been offered a different position at the same company that I’m not interested in taking. Will I be eligible for unemployment?

    1. Tammy,

      If you refuse, you may not qualify to receive UI benefits. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification before making a decision.

  11. I was just terminated today. My salary & benefits will continue through 11-30-17. Can I draw unemployment, I was so upset & didn’t even think of severance pay, what am I entitled to?

    1. Barb,

      If you were asked to leave the job due to voluntary reasons such as performance issues, you may not qualify. Else, please consider applying for UI benefits until you find a new job.

  12. If I take a Temporary position with a company (not a temp agency) would I be eligible for unemployment benefits once/if the job ends.

    1. Liz,

      Temporary/Contract jobs are generally not eligible. Please check with your employer or call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  13. My wife’s position is being eliminated. she is being offered a demotion with more 25% pay cut. can she refuse and get unemployment?

    1. Chuck,

      If she quits voluntarily, it may go against her. Please check with the Unemployment Office to ascertain eligibility before making a decision.

  14. If you get laid of in July 2017 and collect until the end of 2017 do you get another 26 weeks of unemployment in 2018?

    1. As far as I am aware, UI benefits are not revolving in nature. They are just a one-time transaction.

      Please call the Unemployment Office.

  15. My spouse has COPD and is on oxygen go last 15 years; his health condition has deteriorated and in need is someone to be with him at all time. I am considering quitting my job to care for him full time as he stayed home alone while I am at work and lately I been taking time off just to be home as his heart rate and breathing get out of control all the time. Can I apply for UI if I quit? What proof do I need?

    1. Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered. UI benefits are only offered to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for more information.

  16. I have worked at a company for 25 years and now my boss has retired so we have a new regime…..they are harassing me saying I am making gossip and have been accused of smelling of alcohol and it was from the night before..I am doing a great job but keep getting harassed….They want me to take some sort of treatment classes to stay….do I have to?

    1. Well, I suggest that you reach out to the Labor Authorities for help. If you’re being harassed, you can quit and claim UI benefits until you find another job.

  17. My office is closing and I will be filing for unemployment. My last week hours are substantially reduced, can that be considered my waiting week?

    1. Waiting week only comes into effect after you file for benefits without a job.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further details.

  18. my employer has eliminated my position and there is no other positions of interest to me, however they have offered me a seasonal leave of absence till June 30th. do I have to take the seasonal leave in order to receive unemployment?

    1. We are not sure of this situation.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for precise information.

  19. If I accept a severance package that states “voluntary resignation”, am I still eligible to receive unemployment once that runs out?

    1. Well, if it says voluntary, I doubt your eligibility.

      Please call the Labor authorities in your state for further information.

    1. You can be eligible as long as the reason for separation from the job is involuntary and you’re able to meet other conditions.

  20. I am working part time as a care giver. I have any kind of artheritas which includes rhumetoid. When I was in Las Vegas at Christmas, I found that I felt so much better. The warm dry air really helped. Long story short, if I am relocating for health reasons can I get unemployment?

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  21. Im thinking about relocating to the South from MN. Can I obtain unemployment benefits through the state of Minnesota if I voluntarily quit my job and move to another state?

    1. The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  22. I am employed, my employer has directed me to work overtime. I am attending school and cannot work more than 40 hours per week. My employer has stated the overtime is mandatory and anybody that fails to comply is subject to termination. Is this type of termination considered a lay-off and eligible for unemployment benefits?

  23. I worked in Minnesota July 22 till Dec 10. I am living in Tennesee. Had a short term job here and grossed 80,000 dollars. Can I go home and fill for Mn. Unemployment and by what date do I file. Please.

  24. I was displaced from my job in March 2015. I am going back to school to learn a new trade and new skills for a different career path. If I am attending a technical school full time, am I eligible to draw unemployment? If so, who should I contact?

    1. Full time schooling and any course that stops you from taking up a job is not considered.

      Please check with the unemployment office in your state.

  25. My unemployment benefits run out June 8, 2014 will I be eligible for additional benefit, as of June 8, 2014 I will have only drawn 27 weeks of benefit

  26. Can i use wages in Canada along with my wages in Minnesota and other states
    to file a claim in the state of Minnesota

    1. You can file a claim in a state where you had a job before getting dismissed. Your wages in Canada might not be considered.

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