Effective October 29, 2023 through October 26, 2024
This handbook provides important information about unemployment benefits, including:
- How to apply
- How your eligibility is determined
- What you must do each week to receive a benefit payment
The information in this handbook is an overview of unemployment insurance benefits. It does not cover every topic, answer all questions, or take the place of the law.
It is your responsibility to read this handbook and all information you receive from Minnesota Unemployment Insurance.
The Unemployment Insurance Program is administered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). DEED provides free assistance to all applicants and employers who have questions about unemployment insurance.
You should never pay a third party to help you apply for or request unemployment benefits. You should also be careful when reading information on social media, which may not always be accurate.
Benefits are funded by a tax paid only by employers. Tax deductions from employees’ paychecks are not used for unemployment insurance benefits.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Unemployment Insurance (UI) checklist
- Official website
- Protect your private information
- Applying for benefits
- When do I apply?
- How do I apply?
- What if I'm unemployed for a reason other than layoff?
- Using your password
- After you apply
- How much will I receive?
- Requesting benefit payments
- When do I request benefit payments?
- When can I expect my first payment?
- Nonpayable week
- How will I be paid?
- How does direct deposit work?
- How does the unemployment debit card work?
- Report work when requesting benefit payments
- What work am I required to report?
- How does working affect my benefits?
- What if my hours vary week to week?
- What happens if I fail to report my hours and earnings?
- Income that may affect benefits
- Understanding weekly eligibility requirements
- What do I need to do each week?
- How does going to school affect my benefits?
- Stopping and starting benefit payments
- What if I go back to work?
- What if I become unemployed again?
- Withholdings from benefit payments
- Income taxes, overpayments, child support
- Reemployment Assistance
- Contact customer service
- Phone numbers, mailing address, fax number
- Help finding your next job
- Online job search eLearning classes
- Financial help and community services
- Additional information
- CareerForce - Help for Job Hunters and Career Seekers
- Privacy rights and alternative language