File and Collect Minnesota Unemployment

People who have become unemployed through no fault of their own are entitled to collect unemployment benefits. The procedure and amounts differ from state to state. In Minnesota, the weekly benefit is about half of weekly gross wages in the base period, up to the state maximum of $578.

Some people are unaware of how to collect unemployment. This is a fairly simple procedure, and the application can be filed online. This first step is to gather the needed documentation.

When filing for unemployment, an applicant will need to have access to the following:

  • Social security number or Alien Registration Number
  • Driver's license number or other state government ID number
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone number
  • Birth date
  • Employment history for last 18 months: including employer's name, address and phone number; dates of employment; reason no longer employed
  • Union name and local/lodge number
  • If in the military in the last 18 months, information from DD214 Member 4
  • If a federal employee in the last 18 months, information from SF8
  • To choose direct deposit, bank account number and bank routing number

To file for unemployment online, the individual should go to www.uimn.org and click on Apply for UI Benefits. When the login screen shows up, enter Social Security number. Then click on the Start button for New Applicant. Complete each screen as it appears. At the end, you will review the information and make any needed changes before clicking on Submit the Unemployment Benefit Application.

Filing unemployment over the telephone is also available in Minnesota. Simply call 1-877-898-9090/ TTY users should call 1-866-814-1252. You will be asked to choose a language (English, Spanish, Hmong or Somali) and then to enter your Social Security number. Use the number pad for this. If the Social Security number is not already in the system, choose either frequently asked questions or apply for benefits. If you already have an unemployment insurance account, you will enter your password.

In Minnesota a person can collect unemployment for 26 weeks. After this is used up, some extended unemployment benefits may be available for up to an additional 47 weeks (in 3 tiers), then Federal-State benefits for up to 13 more weeks.

The Minnesota Unemployment Office has an informative video about how to file unemployment online. This video makes the process very clear and user friendly.

Either online or by telephone, unemployment filing in Minnesota is simple and convenient. It only takes a few minutes and can provide needed support for the job search.

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