Effective October 27, 2013 through October 25, 2014

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, along with all information you receive from Minnesota Unemployment Insurance.

The Unemployment Insurance Program is administered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Benefits are funded by a tax paid by employers. No deductions from employees’ paychecks are used to support this fund.


Unemployment Insurance (UI) Checklist
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
Your password and Social Security number
If you forget your password, you can reset it yourself
After You Apply
How much will I receive?
Requesting Benefit Payments
When do I request benefit payments?
When Can I Expect My First Payment?
I requested a payment for my first week and the amount was $0 – why?
How Will I Be Paid?
How does direct deposit work?
How does the unemployment debit card work?
Report Work When Requesting Benefit Payments
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’m unemployed again?
Withholdings from Benefits
How can I have income taxes withheld from my benefit payments?
What other deductions may be made from my benefit payments?
Reemployment Assistance
Contact Customer Service
Phone numbers, mailing address, fax number
Additional Information
Job Search Tips
Job Seeking Resources