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Updated : November 4th, 2022

North Dakota Unemployment Benefits

Unemployed people in North Dakota can receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits if they have lost their job through no fault of their own. North Dakota Job Service handles the UI program and is funded by employers. On this page, we will guide you the eligibility requirements you must meet to receive North Dakota unemployment benefits. We will also guide you about benefits overpayment and job training in the state.

Eligibility To Apply For UI Benefits In North Dakota

You must meet eligibility criteria such as monetary requirements and job separation to receive unemployment benefits in North Dakota.

Monetary Eligibility

To be monetarily eligible to receive North Dakota unemployment benefits, Your wages in the entire base period must be at least 1.5 times your wages in the highest-paid quarter of your base period. You must also have paid wages in at least two-quarters of your base period.
In North Dakota, the standard base period is the first four of the five complete calendar quarters before the start date of your unemployment claim.

Find out more about eligibility requirements

Job Separation

You must also meet job separation requirements to qualify for the North Dakota Unemployment Insurance. The requirements include:

  • You lost your job through no fault of your own
  • You quit your job because you were unable to work due to a medical condition
  • You quit your job because of unsafe working conditions
  • You quit your job because of harassment at your workplace

Note – North Dakota Job Service may contact your employer to determine the actual reason for your job separation. If the Job Service finds out that the employer’s explanation contrasts yours, you may be disqualified from receiving benefits.

Eligibility requirements – overview

Maintaining Eligibility

You should maintain your eligibility throughout your benefit year to continue to receive benefits. You can maintain your eligibility in the following ways:

  • Actively looking for a job
  • Being able and available to work
  • Accepting a suitable job
  • Maintaining and submitting your work search records
  • Registering with
  • Filing weekly claims


A job will not be considered suitable if:

  • It poses a risk to your health or involves working in an unsafe workplace
  • It is incompatible with your prior training and experience and training
  • It is made for obtaining self-employment

You can reject job opportunities if you don’t know the employer’s identity or the person in-contact does not have hiring capability.

Find out on job search requirements

How To Apply For UI Benefits in North Dakota?

To apply for North Dakota unemployment benefits, you need the following documents:

You can apply for unemployment benefits in North Dakota through any of the following methods:


The easiest way to apply for North Dakota unemployment benefits is online. Visit and click “Unemployment Benefits.” The page will redirect to the “Log into UI ICE” page. Create your credentials and login into your account.

Note – While using UI ICE, press Save/Continue every 30 minutes before logging off. Doing so will save your data even if you close your browser mistakenly or face an internet issue.


You can file for unemployment benefits by phone (701-328-4995) using the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone system. Note that the system will ask several questions to confirm your identity and unemployment status.
If you are disconnected when filing a claim, call back during the same week and resume from where you left off. But if you are disconnected during the certification, call again immediately and repeat your information.

How to File Weekly Claims?

Weekly certification is used to verify that you were unemployed during the week and qualify to receive a benefit payment. In North Dakota, you can file weekly claims online or by phone.

When Should You Certify?

You must certify your weekly claims:

  • After the week has ended
  • Within 13 days of the Saturday of the week in which you began your unemployment claim, or within 13 days of the Saturday of the last week you certified previously
  • By 10 p.m. on the 13th day

Note – You will not receive benefits for weeks you skipped the certification.

Learn how to claim weekly benefits

UI Benefits Amount

Your estimated weekly benefit amount will be the total of your highest two and one-half quarters of the base period wages divided by 65. The maximum and the minimum benefit amounts are subject to change each July. Visit the Unemployment Benefit Chart to check out the approximate benefit amounts.

Benefits Calculator

Use the benefits calculator to determine your estimated weekly unemployment benefit amount.

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Things To Know After Filing An Application

There are many aspects that you must know to collect benefits without any inconvenience.

Overpayment and Fraud

Sometimes, you may receive an overpayment of benefits. Overpayments occur due to administrative errors, disqualification, or fraudulent practices.
You will have to pay back overpaid unemployment benefits regardless of whether you received them through non-fraudulent or fraudulent practices. You can repay the overpayments either through the mail or check. If you face trouble during the process, contact North Dakota Job Service.

Fraud/ Willful Misrepresentation

If you receive overpayments due to fraudulent practices, you will have to pay a 15% penalty of your total overpayment, be disqualified from receiving benefits, and also be subject to criminal prosecution.

Benefits Extension

Usually, the state of North Dakota provides benefits for up to 26 weeks. However, if the unemployment rate is too high or there is an economic downturn, it may provide extended benefits. Contact North Dakota Job Service to know more about the benefits extension programs.

Job Training Assistance

North Dakota Job Service provides workforce and unemployment services to job seekers across the state in its nine Workforce Centers and at the Central location in Bismarck, ND.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) – This program provides education, job training, and employment services to eligible adults and dislocated workers. WIOA aims at expanding earning potential, improving employability, and helping people retain a job by providing funded activities and services. Some of the funded activities include classroom training and on-the-job training.
Wagner-Peyser – It is a federal program offering services to job seekers. The program offers various services to job seekers, including job referrals, job search assistance, placement assistance, re-employment services to UI claimants, career guidance, skill and aptitude assessment, and referrals to training.

Know more job training opportunities in ND

North Dakota Phone Numbers

Find the below-listed phone numbers of unemployment offices in North Dakota:

North Dakota Unemployment Office Numbers

Call claims center (701) 328-4995
TTY (800) 366-6888
Unemployment fraud hotline 800-243-3331
Unemployment benefits collection assistance (701) 328-2825

Locate your nearest unemployment office

Frequently Asked Question

Q. When does an unemployment claim get denied?
Your claim gets denied if you don’t meet the monetary requirements or you lost your job through your own fault. However, if you still believe that you qualify for unemployment benefits, you can file an unemployment appeal.
Q. Can I refuse a job offer and still qualify for UI benefits?
You must accept a suitable job offer to qualify for unemployment benefits. However, sometimes, you can refuse the offer and still qualify for UI benefits if the job offer doesn't match your previous experience and skills.
Q. Would I be eligible for benefits if my employer lays me off?
If your employer lays you off due to lack of work, you will generally be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Note that you should be able to and available for work to qualify for benefits.

Questions & Answers

    • Jason,

      I am not sure if you’ll qualify for loss of a part-time job. Please call the Unemployment Office.

  1. In ND, just got fired after 12+ years of work for overusase of unplanned time off. Am I eligible for unemployment benifits?

    • Lisa,

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

  2. I live in Iowa. I worked for a company in Missouri for 6 months which recently was laid off from.
    Previous to that job I worked for a company in North Dakota for 2 years. Can I file unemployment in North Dakota?

  3. I live in Iowa. I worked for a company in Missouri for 6 months which recently was laid off from.
    Previous to that job I worked for a company in North Dakota for 2 years. Can I file unemployment in North Dakota?

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

  4. I am currently working in North Dakota, but I live in Va, will I be able to receive benefits from ND after working from July to the middle of October?

    • I guess my question should have been more directed towards eligibility due to lack of “base period”. Is the only way to qualify to have the 12 to 18 months of work history or is their some kind of partial benefit or anything to your knowledge?

      • Each state has its own rules with regard to partial employment. I suggest that you call the Unemployment Office for accurate information.

    • If you lose the job due to involuntary reasons, you can be eligible to draw UI compensation from ND. Please read the content provided on this page for details on eligibility criteria.

  5. As an employer, how long do we need to report and pay unemployment taxes on long term disability payments?

    • We do not have the required knowledge in this regard.

      You may call the Unemployment Office for precise information.

  6. Just wondering if North Dakota pays partial unemployment benefits if i resume work but not at my previous hours, and my gross earning are just barely more than the weekly benefit. They told me up to 60% of my weekly benefit in gross earnings would not affect it but would not answer my other question.

    • As far as I am aware, all states provide partial UI benefits.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information in this regard.

    • The first payment generally takes about a week.

      If you do not receive within this time frame, please call the claims center for an update.

  7. My husband is struggling to keep us a float. We need to move in with family before we lose everything we own. My family lives in Missouri and we need to move. He has asked his employer to lay him off the last 2 times they have laid off workers and they still haven’t. Can we get unemployment if we move? We can’t pay our rent!

  8. I was fired today for personal conduct they won’t tell me anything else would I be eligible for unemployment bennifits

    • You will not be eligible since UI benefits are only extended to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons such as lay offs.

  9. My dad was laid off in November from a large oil field company and received a 6 week severance in a lump sum. Would he still be eligible for UE?

  10. Resident and worker of North Dakota…Just went through a layoff with a large oil company. Filed for unemployment right away and employer provided their information right away. Has been six weeks since filing and each week the DOL says they are just too overloaded to “get to” most cases for verification. What rights do I have to get things moving in receiving my unemployment (since there are NO jobs!).

  11. My Son is being starved out of his oil field job in ND. They do not lay off workers but reduce their hours below 40 hours and even more so they finally quit their jobs to look for other jobs in other areas so they can support their family. I believe Cruz energy is doing this to avoid paying unemployment insurance to qualified employees. This feels illegal . I know if he quit he wont qualify for UE but so few hours is really hurting family etc. How should we proceed and is he eligible for UE for any weeks where he is given less than 40 hour. It is a waiting game hoping he will starve and have to leave South Dakato . Please advise can he file UE

    • Please report this to the labor authorities in your state. If there is an unfair practice, it should be brought to the the attention.

      On the flip-side, one can claim unemployment compensation for any reduction in the number of hours worked.

    • You will not qualify for Unemployment Benefits as compensation is only provided to those who are able and available to work.

      If the issue is work related, please explore benefits under Workers Comp scheme.

    • If you are looking at appealing in ND,please use the number (800) 351-9098 which is a dedicated line for instructions on filing appeals.

  12. Will federal employees who reside in North Dakota be eligible for unemployment benefits if they are furloughed in the up and coming defense budget cuts? Thank you.

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