North Dakota

North Dakota Unemployment Benefits

The unemployment rate in the state of North Dakota is remarkably low at less than four percent. If you should become unemployed through no fault of your own, you can qualify to collect North Dakota unemployment benefits. Here is what you need to know about the benefits that are available and how you would collect them.

Filing for unemployment

You can file for unemployment benefits by calling the toll free number at (701)328-4995. The agency is open from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You can only begin collecting unemployment benefits after you file and will not receive any benefits prior to the first week that you file. Therefore, you should file as soon as you lose your job.

The initial filing requires you to submit certain personal information. Be prepared to provide your social security number, personal contact information and the contact information for every employer you have had in the last 18 months. Military servicemen and women will need their DD214 numbers and federal civilian employees will need their SF8 and SF50 forms. Union members will need to provide information on their union hall. Be prepared to share your occupation and skills, the wages you are willing to work for and any special working accommodations you might require. You can file unemployment by visiting the agency online at:

How to Collect Unemployment

You will be required to file on a weekly basis and will complete weekly certifications as to your eligibility. You must make two job contacts every week and you will be required to keep a record of those contacts. Payments will be made on a weekly basis to all qualifying applicants.


Before you can collect unemployment you must meet certain criteria set forth by the state. Your unemployment cannot be through any fault of your own and you must be physically and mentally able to work. You must be available to work and you must actively seek work every week that you claim unemployment benefits.

You can continue filing unemployment and receiving payments for between 12 and 26 weeks, depending on the terms of your prior employment. The weekly benefit amount will not be lower than $43 or higher than $406 as determined by the two and a half highest earning quarters within your base period.

Unemployment filing does not have to be stressful. You should maintain all records and respond to any requests for information promptly and honestly. The benefits are there to be used and they will help you survive this difficult time until you find new employment.

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