Updated : December 17th, 2020
State: Montana (MT)
Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount: $552
Maximum Weeks of benefits:28
Current Jobless rate:4.2
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State: Montana (MT)
Phone Number:(406) 444-2545 Helena or (406) 247-1000 Billings to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim (8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday hours are from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.)
Major Towns:Billings, Bozeman, Butte-Silver Bow, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula
Current Unemploymnet Rate in Montana
Montana Unemployment QuestionsWhat if I change my address?
Report any change of address online at UI4U.mt.gov or contact the Claims Processing Center. This will prevent a delay in receiving payments or information. The Post Office will not forward any mail from the Unemployment Insurance Division. If the division cannot contact you, benefits will be stopped.
After I file my claim, when should I call the Claims Processing Center?
You should contact us to report.
- Any job separation that occurs during the claim
- A suspension from work - paid or unpaid
- Any job offered or work referral that you do not accept or apply for
- New self employment
- Retirement pension not previously reported
- Any Worker’s Compensation payments received due to wage loss
- Enrollment in school and any change in school schedule
- Illness or injury that would prevent you from working or require you to take time off
- Vacation or leave of absence from work
- Inability to work or look for work
- Not being available to work customary hours
- Refusal to work or look for work
Yes, information is verified by several different methods to insure only those who are entitled to benefits receive them. It is important to give complete and true information every time you provide information to the Unemployment Insurance Division. Separation information is verified with employers to determine eligibility for benefits. Verification is done in writing or by telephone.
- Federal law requires all claims to be subject to random audit. If your claim is selected, your job search contacts, earnings and other information in your file will be verified.
- Employers are required to report any new employees hired. This information is matched against unemployment insurance claims.
Yes, if you notify the Claims Processing Center, in writing or by calling, within 10 days from the date you opened your initial claim.
Why can it take so long to get a decision?
The Claims Processing Center investigates each issue on your claim. When the issue involves a job separation, both you and the employer are given up to 8 days to provide any supporting information. When conflicting information is received, the process can take longer. These steps are important to arrive at the right decision and pay benefits correctly.
My employer thinks I should get benefits, why am I not eligible?
Employers do not determine eligibility. The Unemployment Insurance Division reviews information provided by both you and your employer to determine if your separation meets eligibility requirements based on Montana law and rule.
Why do I have to file for benefits every 2 weeks?
Montana pays benefits bi-weekly. This means you request payment 2 weeks at a time, just like submitting a timecard for a paycheck every 2 weeks. For each week you will be asked a series of questions. Your answers to the questions certify that you have met the eligibility requirements for each week.
If I made a mistake when filing my bi-weekly claim what do I do?
If you immediately realize you made an error, you can go back into your claim through UI4U.mt.gov or call the IVR and correct your information. If you have questions, call the Claims Processing Center.
Can I go to school and receive benefits?
Possibly, if your school attendance does not interfere with your ability to find and accept full-time work or you are in training approved by the Unemployment Insurance Division. If you did not report this when you filed/reopened your claim, you must call the Claims Processing Center to report the details of your school attendance.
Can I get more money after my benefits run out?
No, once you have been paid your maximum benefit amount(MBA) during a claim year, you must wait until that claim expires before opening a new Montana claim.
Do I need to register for work at the Workforce Service Center?
Yes, you must register for work at the Workforce Service Center unless you are considered job attached or union attached. Workforce Service staff can assist with testing, counseling, job training programs, and job seeking skills.
Can anyone obtain information about my claim or file for my benefits?
No, unless you have given written authority to allow another person to obtain information on your claim. You are the only one who will have access to your claim information and you are the only one who can file for your benefits. Allowing another person to have access to your PIN and file benefits for you is considered fraud and may have legal consequences.