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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.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

44 thoughts on “Minnesota Unemployment Benefits”

  1. TC says:

    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?

    1. Sam says:


      If you resigned voluntarily, you may not be eligible to claim UI benefits.

  2. Tammy says:

    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. Sam says:


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

  3. Barb says:

    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. Sam says:


      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.

  4. Liz says:

    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. Sam says:


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

  5. chuck says:

    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. Sam says:


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

  6. Rod Krause says:

    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. Sam says:

      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.

  7. HGMn says:

    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. Martin says:

      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.

  8. Dawn says:

    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. Martin says:

      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.

  9. Lyn says:

    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. Martin says:

      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.

  10. Sandy says:

    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. Martin says:

      We are not sure of this situation.

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

  11. Suzanne says:

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

    1. Martin says:

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

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

  12. RON says:

    I own 10% of the stock in the company I work for, if they go out of business am I eligible for unemployment?

    1. Martin says:

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

  13. Betty says:

    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. Martin says:

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

  14. Sheri J says:

    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. Martin says:

      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.

  15. Bill says:

    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?

    1. Martin says:

      It can go against you when you apply.

      Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state.

  16. David Flink says:

    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.

    1. Martin says:

      Please file from the state where you last worked. The sooner you file, its better.

  17. Jennifer says:

    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. Martin says:

      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.

  18. Andy says:

    Does the unemployment benefits come with health insurance?

    1. Martin says:

      As far as I am aware, it does not come with any benefits attached.

  19. Darla says:

    could I qualify for partial unemployment? My hours have been cut from 29/week to 12/week.

    1. Adrian says:

      Yes you can qualify.

      Please consider applying.

  20. Bob says:

    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

    1. Adrian says:

      No extension(EUC) is available currently.

      Please check with your state on additional availability.

  21. Sandra Schubert says:

    I was laid off on December 20th and will be getting 14 weeks of severance pay. When should I file for unemployment?

  22. Carl Purfeerst says:

    Hello I was wondering if I had to call every week to get my unemployment or is it automatically put in my checking?

  23. Dwayne says:

    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. Baggie says:

      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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