North Dakota

Benefits of Filing for North Dakota Unemployment

If you are one of the many Americans who can’t find work, you know it can be challenging to keep on solid financial footing when the economic climate is so unpredictable. Filing for unemployment benefits is one way to provide temporary relief for yourself and your family until you are able to find work.

Job Service North Dakota administers a variety of job-related services for state workers and employers. The state agency’s Unemployment Insurance program allows unemployed workers who are eligible for benefits to receive short-term financial help.

To qualify for assistance, you must be unemployed or underemployed through no fault of your own. You must be able to work, actively seeking a job and available to work. You also must be judged by the agency to be eligible based on the wages earned during the base benefit year.

By visiting the state’s unemployment website, you can find step-by-step instructions about how to collect benefits. You should file your first unemployment claim during the week in which you become unemployed. Jobless claims can be filed either online or by calling the agency’s automated calling center.

If you choose to apply over the internet, visit North Dakota’s Unemployment Insurance Claims Entry site at: You will be asked to register and to create a user name and password before beginning your application.

To submit your claim by telephone, call Job Service North Dakota’s automated calling system at 701-328-4995. The internet option and the automated system are not available from 10 p.m. to midnight Central Time because of nightly maintenance. Calling center staff is on hand from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday.

After filing an unemployment application, you will receive a letter that details the wages you received from your previous employers, as well as the weekly benefits and the maximum benefits you can expect from filing your claim. Unemployment benefits typically run from 12 to 26 weeks.

The agency can deny unemployment payments if it is believed that you are ineligible. If that happens, you will either receive a letter requesting more information or you will be contacted for a telephone interview. Anyone who is denied benefits has the right to request an appeal. A claimant’s written appeals request can be sent by FAX to 701-328-2728, delivered to any Job Service office or mailed to: Appeals Section, P.O. Box 5507, Bismarck, North Dakota 58506-5507. A hearing then will be scheduled to resolve the issue.

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