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Mississippi Unemployment

Mississippi’s unemployment insurance benefits program provides a temporary source of income for workers who become unemployed.

Mississippi Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Mississippi's unemployment insurance benefits program is designed to help ease the state's overall economic burden by providing a temporary source of income for workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own.

In Mississippi, employers pay all unemployment taxes, and no employee wages are ever taken to help cover program costs. The provision of UI benefits helps maintain financial stability for many unemployed workers and their families across the state of Mississippi.

Mississippi Unemployment Services

Website https://www.mdes.ms.gov/unemployment-claims
Private Website Mississippi Unemployment
Phone 888-844-3577
Apply Online https://wings.mdes.ms.gov
Weekly Certification https://wings.mdes.ms.gov
Appeal a Denial Request a Hearing
Find a Local Office https://www.mdes.ms.gov/win-job-centers
Report Fraud Report Fraud
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Am I Eligible for Mississippi Unemployment Benefits?

While no eligibility determination is final until an unemployment claim is reviewed, state law declares that a claimant generally can be found eligible for UI benefits by meeting the following eligibility requirements:

  • The claimant is unemployed through no fault of their own.

  • The claimant files a weekly claim as required.

  • The claimant can work. They are mentally and physically able to work a normal workweek for the type of work the claimant does

  • The claimant must be available to work. The claimant must be willing to accept full-time work when it is offered, along with having appropriate transportation and childcare arrangements already in place.

The claimant must actively be seeking work. Regularly making a good faith effort to find available jobs

Benefit Payments and Duration

Base Period First 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
Alt Base Period N/A
Duration of Benefits Weekly Payment Maximum Benefits Amount (1 year)
Min Max
13-26 weeks $30 $235 $6,110

How To Apply for Unemployment Benefits in Mississippi

As soon as you become unemployed, you should file a claim online for unemployment insurance benefits or call 601-493-9427.

Your first task is registering with the Mississippi Department of Employment Services online portal. Whether you want to file an initial claim or search for a new job, you must register here first. Through this process, you set up your username and PIN so that you can regularly access the system.

Once you've set up your account, you can follow the step-by-step instructions within the portal for completing and submitting your initial claim.

How To Manage Weekly Unemployment Benefits

Part of the requirement for continuing to receive unemployment assistance is submitting information weekly about your job search activities, along with reporting any income you might have made from part-time or contract work.

Weekly claim certifications can be filed online using the same username and PIN you established when submitting your initial claim. The process consists of answering simple questions about your job search activities for the previous week. Failure to file weekly certification claims could delay your UI benefits.

How To Appeal a Decision

Either the claimant or the employer can submit a request for appeal and participate in an appeals hearing if unhappy with a determination regarding an initial claim. If you disagree with a decision, you have 14 days from the mailing date of your determination letter to request an appeal. You may do so by contacting the Mississippi Department of Employment Security Call Center at 601-321-6000, or you may mail a written request to the following address:

MDES Appeals Department P.O. Box 1699 Jackson MS, 39215-1699

You also may call the Appeals Department in the Mississippi state office at 601-321-6294.

Reporting Fraud

Fraud and abuse cost a substantial amount of money every single year, diverting much-needed assistance from Mississippi's unemployed workers. You can help prevent financial loss by reporting suspected fraud to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

You may do so through any of the contact methods listed below:

Email: bpc@mdes.ms.gov
Phone: 601-493-9427
Fax: 601-321-6471

Mississippi Department of Employment Security
Benefit Payment Control Department
P.O. Box 23089
Jackson, MS 39225-3089

Mississippi Unemployment Office Locations

Amory Unemployment Office 1619 Highland Drive
PO Box 415
Amory, MS 38821
Batesville Unemployment Office 103-16 Woodland Road
Tylertown Plaza; PO Box 1511
Batesville, MS 38606
Tupelo Unemployment Office 3200 Adams Farm Road #200
Belden, MS 38826
Brookhaven Unemployment Office 545 Brookway Boulevard
PO Box 790
Brookhaven, MS 39601
Marshall County Unemployment Office 4700 Cayce Rd.
Byhalia, MS 38611
Madison County Unemployment Office 152 Watford Parkway Dr
Suite B; PO Box 450
Canton, MS 39046
Carthage Unemployment Office 202 C.O. Brooks Street
Carthage, MS 39051
Clarksdale Unemployment Office 236 Sharkey Avenue
3rd Floor; PO Box 640
Clarksdale, MS 38614
Cleveland Unemployment Office 119 North Commerce Avenue
PO Box 1750
Cleveland, MS 38732
Columbia Unemployment Office 1111 US Highway 98 Suite A
Columbia, MS 39429
Corinth Unemployment Office 2759 South Harper Road
Corinth, MS 38834
Forest Unemployment Office 536 Deer Field Drive
Forest, MS 39074
Greenville Unemployment Office 800 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Delta Plaza Shopping Ctr #C54
Greenville, MS 38703
Greenwood Unemployment Office 812 West Park Ave.
PO Box 554
Greenwood, MS 38930
Grenada Unemployment Office 1229-A Sunset Drive
Grenada, MS 38901
Gulfport Unemployment Office 10162 Southpark Drive
PO Box 2849
Gulfport, MS 39503
Hattiesburg Unemployment Office 1911 Arcadia Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Houston Unemployment Office 210 South Monroe Street
Houston, MS 38851
Indianola Unemployment Office 226 North Martin Luther King Dr
PO Box 963
Indianola, MS 38751
Iuka Unemployment Office 1107 Maria Lane
Iuka, MS 38852
Jackson Unemployment Office 5959 I 55 N Frontage Road
Jackson, MS 39213
Laurel Unemployment Office Highway 15 North
2139 Suite D
Laurel, MS 39440
Lexington Unemployment Office 303 Yazoo Street
PO Box 385
Lexington, MS 39095
Louisville Unemployment Office 790 North Court Avenue
Louisville, MS 39339
McComb Unemployment Office 1400 A Harrison Ave.
Mccomb, MS 39648
Meridian Unemployment Office 2000 Highway 19 N
Meridian, MS 39307
Natchez Unemployment Office 107 Col John Pitchford Pkwy
PO Box 810 (39121)
Natchez, MS 39120
New Albany Unemployment Office 301 North Street
New Albany, MS 38652
Oxford Unemployment Office 1310 Belk Boulevard Suite 1
Oxford, MS 38655
Pascagoula Unemployment Office 1604 Denny Avenue
PO Box 1058 (39568)
Pascagoula, MS 39567
Pearl Unemployment Office 212 St Paul Street
Pearl, MS 39208
Picayune Unemployment Office 2005 Wildwood Road
Picayune, MS 39466
Pontotoc WIN Center 316A Coffee Street
Pontotoc, MS 38863
Vicksburg Unemployment Office 755 HWY 27 South
Vicksburg, MS 39180
601 619-2841
Vicksburg Specialty Unemployment Office 100 Smokey Lane
Vicksburg, MS 39180

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