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Applying for Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Benefits

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Minnesota's Unemployment Insurance Program provides temporary financial assistance to those out of work through no fault of their own.

The unemployment benefits from the Unemployment Insurance Program are paid every week that you are eligible. You must request unemployment benefit payments online or by telephone every week, or you won't receive any money.

Am I Eligible For Unemployment Insurance Benefits in Minneapolis/St. Paul?

If you are laid off, or otherwise not working for reasons that are not your fault, then you are generally eligible for Unemployment Insurance Benefits in Minnesota. To remain eligible while you are unemployed, you have to be available for work, and actively seeking work.

If you were fired, or voluntarily left your job, you may still be eligible for benefits. You have to apply for benefits, and then the Insurance Benefits office will ask you, and the employer, several questions, and from the answers determine if you are eligible for unemployment benefits.

How Much Money Will I Receive From the Unemployment Insurance Benefits Program?

Around 50% of your average weekly wage, up to the state maximum of $566.

How Do I Apply For Unemployment Insurance Benefits in Minneapolis/St. Paul?

There are no offices to visit - everything is handled online or by a secure telephone system. Applications are accepted online or by telephone.

How Will I Receive Benefit Payments?

All payments are sent electronically. You can choose to receive payments by direct debit to your bank account, or have them added to the balance on an debit card, called the Unemployment Debit Card, which can be used to withdraw cash from an ATM or make purchases in the same way as a regular debit card.

Why Do I Have To Keep Requesting Unemployment Benefits?

The Unemployment Insurance Benefits Program makes recipients request their payment every week. And every week you request a benefit payment, you have to reconfirm your eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits.

More information is available at the Minnesota Unemployement Insurance Program website at www.uimn.org, or by calling 651-296-3644 or 1-877-898-9090. Phone service is available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.

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