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How Unemployment Benefits Work in Minnesota

The Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program provides temporary financial support for unemployed workers who have suffered job loss.

The Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program is administered by the Department of Employment and Economic Development. The program provides temporary financial support for unemployed workers who have suffered job loss through no fault of their own.

Minnesota UI benefits are funded through a tax paid by employers. This unemployment insurance program helps ease the financial burden of unemployment on individuals, families, communities, and the overall Minnesota economy.

Minnesota Unemployment Services



Private Website

Minnesota Unemployment



Apply Online

File a Claim

Weekly Certification

File a Weekly Claim

Appeal a Denial

Request a Hearing

Find a Local Office

Office Directory

Report Fraud

UI Fraud Reporting

Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 Assistance

Am I Eligible for Unemployment Benefits in Minnesota?

Minnesota residents who meet the following criteria generally are deemed eligible for Minnesota unemployment benefits:

  • Have sufficient earnings during the base period for review

  • Legally authorized to work in the U.S. If a claimant is not a U.S. citizen, they must be able to present appropriate authorization to work

  • Unemployed, or working substantially reduced hours, through no fault of the claimant

  • Be able and available to accept suitable work whenever it is offered

No eligibility determinations can be made until the initial unemployment claim is submitted and reviewed. If a claimant is unemployed for any reason other than the employer’s lack of work, Minnesota law requires that a formal process be followed to determine whether you are eligible for any UI benefit.

Benefit Payments and Duration

Base Period

First 4 of the last 5 completed quarters

Alt Base Period


Duration of Benefits

Weekly Payment

Maximum Benefits Amount (1 year)



11-26 weeks




How To Apply for Unemployment Benefits in Minnesota

You can apply for unemployment insurance benefits either online or by phone using Minnesota’s self-service system. The online Applicant Self-Service System is the fastest and easiest way to apply for UI benefits and to manage your account on an ongoing basis. Once you set up your account, you can follow the step-by-step instructions to submit your initial unemployment claim.

An automated phone option, offering English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali languages is also available Sunday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

To apply by phone, use any of the following numbers:

  • Twin Cities area: 651-296-3644

  • Greater Minnesota: 877-898-9090

  • TTY (for the deaf and hard of hearing): 866-814-1252

Managing Your Minnesota Unemployment Benefits

To continue receiving unemployment compensation regularly, you will be required to complete a weekly certification to collect your weekly unemployment payment. You can submit this weekly request online or over the phone by using the self-service system at the numbers listed above.

You can complete your weekly certification in just a few steps:

  • Log in to your existing account

  • Select “Request a Benefit Payment”

  • Answer the questions about the prior one-week time period, which will allow the state of Minnesota to determine your continued eligibility for supplemental unemployment benefits. Report any hours you worked or any income you earned from any job, including part-time work and self-employment.

How Do I Appeal a Decision?

Minnesota UI benefits law provides for a fair and impartial hearing for any party who disagrees with a determination issued by the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program, including both the employee and the Minnesota employer.

If you are unhappy with a particular determination regarding your claim, you may file your appeal online, mail it, or fax it within the timeframe outlined in your determination letter.

To file an appeal online, log into your account, select the decision you disagree with, and follow the instructions for appeal. You also may apply in writing by the methods outlined below:

Fax: 651-205-4007

P.O. Box 4629
St. Paul, MN 55101-4629

Please note that if you file an appeal by fax or mail, you must include the following information:

  • Your name

  • Detailed reasoning for the appeal

  • Issue ID for your claim

  • Social Security number

How Do I Report Fraud?

The best way to report unemployment fraud and identity theft in Minnesota is to do so within your online account by selecting “Suspected Fraudulent Activity under Other Issues.” The state of Minnesota will review the information and take all appropriate immediate next steps to resolve the issue.

You also may report fraud concerns using the state of Minnesota’s online fraud form.

Minnesota Unemployment Office Locations

Unemployment Office – Albert Lea 2200 Riverland Drive
Albert Lea, MN 56007-3145
Unemployment Office – Alexandria 303 22nd Avenue W
Suite 107
Alexandria, MN 56308
Unemployment Office – Austin 1600 8th Avenue NW
Austin, MN 55912-1400
Unemployment Office – Bemidji 2300 24th Street NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Unemployment Office – Blaine 1201 89th Avenue NE
Suite 235
Blaine, MN 55434
Unemployment Office – Bloomington 4220 West Old Shakopee Rd
Suite #200
Bloomington, MN 55437
Unemployment Office – Brainerd 204 Laurel Street
Suite 21
Brainerd, MN 56401
Unemployment Office – Brooklyn Park 7225 Northland Drive N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
Unemployment Office – Burnsville 2800 County Road 42 W
Burnsville, MN 55337
Unemployment Office – Cambridge 140 Buchanan St N
Suite 152
Cambridge, MN 55008-1756
Unemployment Office – Chaska 602 East 4th Street
Chaska, MN 55318
Unemployment Office – Cloquet 14 North 11th Street
Suite 140
Cloquet, MN 55720
Unemployment Office – Cottage Grove 13000 Ravine Parkway South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Unemployment Office – Crookston 2015 Sahlstrom Dr
Crookston, MN 56716
Unemployment Office – Detroit Lakes 803 Roosevelt Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN 56502
Unemployment Office – Duluth 402 West 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
Unemployment Office – Fairmont 400 South State Street
Ste 180
Fairmont, MN 56031-0767
Unemployment Office – Faribault 201 South Lyndale Avenue
S1; Faribo Town Square
Faribault, MN 55021-5758
Unemployment Office – Fergus Falls 1414 College Way
Suite L180
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Unemployment Office – Forest Lake 19955 Forest Road North
Forest Lake, MN 55025-9733
Unemployment Office – Grand Rapids 1215 SE 2nd Avenue
Itasca Resource Center
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Unemployment Office – Hibbing 3920 13th Avenue East
Hibbing, MN 55746-3675
Unemployment Office – Hutchinson 2 Century Avenue Southeast
Hutchinson, MN 55350
Unemployment Office – International Falls 1501 Highway 71
Rm SC 128
International Falls, MN 56649
Unemployment Office – Litchfield 114 North Holcomb Ave
Suite 170
Litchfield, MN 55355-2273
Unemployment Office – Little Falls 609 13th Ave NE Suite G
Little Falls, MN 56345
Unemployment Office – Mankato 12 Civic Center Plaza
Suite 1600A
Mankato, MN 56001-7796
Unemployment Office – Marshall 607 West Main Street
Third Floor
Marshall, MN 56258
Unemployment Office – Minneapolis North 800 West Broadway Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Unemployment Office – Minneapolis South 777 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Unemployment Office – Montevideo 202 North 1st Street
Suite 100
Montevideo, MN 56265
Unemployment Office – Monticello 406 East 7th Street
PO Box 720
Monticello, MN 55362
Unemployment Office – Moorhead 715 11th Street N
Suite 302
Moorhead, MN 56560
Unemployment Office – Mora 903 E Forest Avenue
Mora, MN 55051-1617
Unemployment Office – New Ulm 1618 South Broadway
Suite 203
New Ulm, MN 56073
Unemployment Office – North Saint Paul 2266 2nd St N
North St. Paul, MN 55109
Unemployment Office – Red Wing 1606 West Third Street
Red Wing, MN 55066
Unemployment Office – Rochester 2070 College View Rd E
Rochester, MN 55904
Unemployment Office – Roseau 121 Center St E
Roseau, MN 56751
Unemployment Office – Shakopee 752 Canterbury Road South
Shakopee, MN 55379-1840
Unemployment Office – Saint Cloud 1542 Northway Dr.
Door 2
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Unemployment Office – Saint Paul 540 Fairview Ave North
Suite 103
St. Paul, MN 55104
Unemployment Office – Thief River Falls 1301 Highway 1 E
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
Unemployment Office – Virginia 820 9th Street North
Virginia, MN 55792-2345
Unemployment Office – Wadena 124 1st Street SE
Suite 2
Wadena, MN 56482-0643
Unemployment Office – West Saint Paul 1 Mendota Road West
Suite 170
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Unemployment Office – Willmar 2200 23rd Street North East
Suite 2040
Willmar, MN 56201-9423
Unemployment Office – Winona 1250 Homer Rd
Suite 200
Winona, MN 55987-4842
Unemployment Office – Woodbury 2150 Radio Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
Unemployment Office – Worthington 318 – 9th Street
PO Box 816
Worthington, MN 56187

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