Minnesota Unemployment Phone Numbers

In Minnesota, the two ways to apply for unemployment insurance benefits are –

  • Online
  • By phone using the Applicant Self-Service System.

To apply online visit here. Applying online or webclaim is the easiest way with fast response.
Hours of operation: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on holidays.

By phone choose English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali:

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

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on holidays.
You can reach a customer service representative by calling the automated phone system:

How do I appeal?
You will be given a chance to appeal in case you were denied unemployment benefits or termed ineligible.
Appeals must be filed electronically, by mail, or fax within the timeframe specified on the determination or correspondence to be appealed. Instructions for filing an appeal are printed on all applicant and employer determinations.

  • Information Line (no appeals accepted here): 651-296-3745
  • TTY-Teletypewriter for the deaf and hard of hearing: 1-866-814-1252

    1. Jeffrey,

      Please note this is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim details. Please visit the website to find additional phone numbers.

  1. I am retired from my career job. I took a full time job and have now been told after several years we are all being laid off, because the company is loosing money and another company will be hired to provide the service. Can I get unemployment benefits if I am getting retiree benefits from my career job?

    1. Glenn,

      If you’re able and available for work, please go ahead and speak to the Unemployment Office regarding claiming monetary benefits. You may be required to meet other eligibility criteria as well.

  2. Is someone entitle to unemployment insurance in the state of MN if they are unable to work construction job due to cold weather. (not a long term situation ~ but unable to work a day or two here and there due to cold weather) There fore this person would be filing for a day or two vs long term)

    The employee has not been laid off, quit or fired.

    1. If you are able to work and are available to work, yes.
      You do qualify for unemployment benefits, but you do need to apply to be eligible.
      Are you looking for full time work now? Have you looked at North Central Utility in N. Mankato, Mn?

  3. I ran out of unemployment a couple of weeks ago. I still have not been able to find a new job. From what I understand you are unable to extend benefits. Are there any other options that might be available?


    1. Andrew,

      I suggest you call the Unemployment Office in your state to know about the availability of state provided extension and to explore other options.

  4. I have an opportunity to work on contract work for 3 weeks. I’m waiting for my UI claim to be processed. If I take this work, will that mess up my claim?

  5. I keep trying to get my benefits . filling out all issues multiple times. please help

    jim 612-423-5404

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