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Information for Workers

DEED’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program assists workers who can’t work, have their hours reduced or lose their jobs as a result of the pandemic. The UI program is prepared and ready to assist these workers.

If you are unemployed or have your hours reduced, please apply for unemployment benefits by going online to www.uimn.org. Please use the www.uimn.org website to submit your application, because this is the most efficient way to serve applicants. The website can accept applications Monday - Friday 6 a.m. through 8 p.m. We are working to add Sunday hours.

Given the volume of expected applications, we are asking for applicants’ patience as we ramp up to meet demand in this unprecedented situation.

What else should workers know?

We encourage workers to talk to their employers about any health concerns. If ANY worker finds themselves unemployed or with significantly reduced hours, they should apply for benefits at www.uimn.org. Unemployment Insurance also has posted Information for people who have lost their jobs or had their hours cut because of COVID-19. (Information about UI recorded in Spanish.)

News Releases

See all news releases DEED has done related to COVID-19 for workers

Apply Online for Unemployment Benefits

It's faster - and it helps everyone! Follow the application/request benefits schedule.

Phone-a-Friend: Help Out

We need everyone’s help to push more people to apply for unemployment benefits online (and avoid calling).

Who is Hiring Right Now?

Some Minnesota businesses are not only staying open – they are also hiring large numbers of workers and even offering hiring incentives.

Health Insurance Resources

Connect with MNsure for assistance in applying for Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare or a qualified health plan on the individual market.

Frequently Asked Questions for Workers

Answers to common questions for workers.

Governor's Stay at Home Order

The Governor's Office has posted Frequently Asked Questions regarding #StayHomeMN.

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