North Dakota

Unemployment Insurance Benefits in North Dakota

After losing your job through no fault of your own it can be quite a struggle to maintain your emotional and financial security while you are seeking new employment. To help you in meeting this challenge, the North Dakota Job Service is ready to aid you in filing a claim for any unemployment benefits for which you are entitled under North Dakota law and Federal guidelines.

Anyone who claims unemployment benefits in North Dakota must meet certain basic requirements. First of all you must have had a job and lost it through no fault of your own. If you quit your job voluntarily or were fired for just cause you may have to wait at least six weeks before you become eligible to file an unemployment claim. During the time you are collecting unemployment benefits you must be actively seeking work and cannot refuse any work offered for which you are qualified.

Unemployment compensation in North Dakota typically consists of a weekly benefit check of between $43 and $406 dollars and lasts between 12 and 26 weeks. How much compensation for unemployment you receive per week will be determined by how much you earned in the highest two and a half quarters of the base period of one year. Advice and counseling are also provided to help you in your job search. Extensions of benefits may be possible if authorized by Congress or other special legislation on a case by case basis.

Since benefits are not retroactive it is important to file as soon as possible. The fastest and easiest way to contact our unemployment office is online at If you prefer you may also file a claim for unemployment benefits by phone at the toll free number of 1-701-328-4995 on Monday thru Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Information you will need to have on hand includes your Social Security Number, the names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone you have worked for in the past 18 months, plus an alien identification number or military DD214 form if applicable.

As you seek new employment The North Dakota Job Service is ready to help you to obtain any unemployment benefits to which you are entitled. Please go online or call us today to find out what benefits you may be eligible for and how we can help as you pursue a new career path.

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