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Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Program Description

Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet Minnesota's eligibility requirements.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have worked in Minnesota during the past 12 to 15 months, and have earned at least a minimum amount of wages as determined by our guidelines. You must also be able to work and available for work each week that you are collecting benefits.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply for Minnesota unemployment benefits, file an application on the first day that you are unemployed or your work hours are substantially reduced by either completing the application online at (click on "Applicants" and then on "Apply for Benefits") or by calling 651-296-3644 (Twin Cities calling area); 1-877-898-9090 (outside of the Twin Cities calling area); 1-866-814-1252 (TTY for the hearing impaired).

Program Contact Information

Write to us at:
Unemployment Insurance Customer Service
P.O. Box 4629
St. Paul, MN 55101-4629

Or call us at:
Twin Cities area: 651-296-3644
Outside of the Twin Cities calling area: 1-877-898-9090 (toll-free)
TTY for the hearing impaired: 1-866-814-1252 (toll-free)
For more information on how to apply for unemployment insurance benefits, please visit the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance website at: