You can apply for unemployment insurance benefits either online or by phone using the Applicant Self-Service System.

By phone choose English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali:

  • Twin Cities area: 651-296-3644
  • Greater Minnesota: 1-877-898-9090
  • TTY (for the hearing impaired): 1-866-814-1252

Play_Icon Apply for Benefits: What You Should Know Before Applying (video, 7:38)
Play_Icon Apply for Benefits: Completing the Online Application (video, 9:06)

  • Information Handbook

    Explains the basic processes and requirements for receiving unemployment insurance benefits.

  • Benefit Account

    Information about when your benefit account becomes effective and when to apply for a new benefit account. 

  • Your First Payment

    Explains the soonest you can receive a payment and why the first requested week will be $0.

  • Recently Separated Service Members

    Find out if you are eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits