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How to Apply for Unemployment Insurance in Minnesota

For the most part, the process is the same for Federal Employees as it is for any other unemployed worker in Minnesota. However, some additional information needs to be gathered in order for us to process your application.

  • The application process uses generic terminology that fits nearly all situations we encounter with the hundreds of thousands of applications for benefits we handle every year. Probably the most significant during this shutdown is the use of the term “furlough” for what we call a “layoff”. Being on a “furlough” is the same as being laid off.
  • There are also a couple forms that federal employees typically receive at the time of layoff (furlough). Because of the nature of the shutdown, you may not have gotten these.
  • If you have a question about what a term means or how to complete a questionnaire, please call the Minnesota UI Customer Service Center.

Additional instructions for Federal Employees unemployed due to the Shutdown of the Federal Government

Below is a brief description of two forms you may have received at the time of the furlough followed by highlights of a few places during the online application process where federal employees should be especially attentive.

What Happens After I Apply

  • It will take about a week for us to fully process your application. This is the normal amount of time it takes to process an application for benefits when federal employment is involved – there are few more steps we have to go through that don’t exist if someone only worked for a private employer in the State of Minnesota.
  • Within a few days of applying for benefits, we’ll send you an Information Handbook and password so you can access your account.
  • You probably won’t have a Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) calculated until we are done with processing
  • The first compensable week is called a “non-payable week”. Unless you already “served” your non-payable week for an account established earlier this year, the first full week of the shutdown will likely be your non-payable week.
  • You will need to request your non-payable week.
  • If we are not able to establish your weekly benefit amount based on the records available to us, we may need to contact you to obtain payment records. We’ll let you know.

There is a lot of information on our website to help you through the process of applying for and receiving benefits. If you have questions, call the UI Customer Service Center.

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