You can apply for unemployment insurance benefits either online or by phone using the Applicant Self-Service System.
We are currently processing more applications for unemployment benefits than we have ever received before. To ensure our online system can handle the increased activity, we are asking new applicants to apply on an assigned day. The day you file for benefits will not affect the amount of benefits you receive.
If you need to apply for unemployment benefits for the first time, please refer to the schedule below to learn the day and time you are scheduled to submit an application. You will only be allowed to apply on your assigned day (or on Thursday/Friday if you missed that day).
|If the last digit of your
Social Security number is:
|Apply online 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
on this day of the week:
|0, 1 or 2
||Monday, Thursday, Friday
|3, 4 or 5
||Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
|6, 7, 8 or 9
||Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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
Apply for Benefits: What You Should Know Before Applying (video, 7:38)
Apply for Benefits: Completing the Online Application (video, 9:06)