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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Unemployment Benefits

Last updated: 9/24/2021 at 11:00 a.m.

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Note: If you have worked for a Minnesota employer in the past 18 months, you may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

Federal benefit programs ended

Federal benefit programs (PEUC, PUA, FPUC) ended on September 4, 2021. Learn more.

What do I need to know about unemployment benefits?

If you are unemployed due to COVID-19, your experience will be similar to anyone else who needs to apply for unemployment benefits.

If you have become unemployed or had your hours greatly reduced, you should:

  1. Complete the initial application for unemployment benefits.
  2. Request a benefit payment for each week you are unemployed, even if your initial application is still under review.
  3. Read the Information Handbook for an overview of the Unemployment Insurance program.
  4. Monitor your online account and your mail for any notifications from us.
  5. Respond to all requests for information completely, honestly and in a timely manner.

If you have questions, our UI Customer Service Representatives are here to help.

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