Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Minnesota workers can file a claim for unemployment to gain supplementary income while searching for a new job. Claimants can receive up to $578 in unemployment insurance benefits per week for a maximum of 26 weeks. Benefit amounts are based on base pay calculations and total gross wages earned over a 52-week period. Regulations for compensation unemployment also determine the amount of money that can be paid out. Payouts are made via direct deposit or Minnesota unemployment debit card.

In order to file Minnesota unemployment claims, applicants must know the following information: Social Security or alien registration number, driver's license number, birth date, and address. The system also requests the name, address, phone number, employment dates, salary, and reason for leaving for each employer during the previous 18 months. Members of a union, former military service members, and federal employees may need to provide additional documentation to claim unemployment compensation.

Applicants can contact unemployment via the online system or the automated telephone system. Individuals in the Twin Cities area can submit a Minnesota unemployment claim by calling (651) 296-3644. Outside the metro area, applicants can dial the toll-free number at (877) 898-9090 or the TTY number for the hearing impaired at (866) 814-1252. Information on claims unemployment is available in English, Spanish, Somali, or Hmong.

Unemployment compensation is based on a week by week system. When an application is approved by the Minnesota unemployment claims office, benefits payments become effective the Sunday of that week. During the application process, a person can ask for the payment to be backdated to the previous week. All recipients of Minnesota unemployment benefits must pass a one-week waiting period in which no money is issued.

A Minnesota claim for unemployment can be submitted once every 12 months, as long as the individual has worked since the last benefit payout and that job or jobs have earned, in total, at least eight times the weekly payout. Anyone receiving unemployment compensation must continue to comply with Minnesota regulations, including being willing and able to accept full-time, part-time, or seasonal work as is customary in the position.

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