Apply for benefits the week you become unemployed or your hours are greatly reduced.
Apply online or by phone following the instructions and schedules below. After you apply, we will mail you information about how to request benefit payments (see Requesting Benefit Payments). If you are eligible for benefits, we will also notify you of your your weekly benefit amount (see How much will I receive? ).
You can apply online Sunday - Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Go to www.uimn.org, select Applicants, and then Apply for Benefits.
Call on Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Choose: English, Spanish, Hmong, or Somali. If you need another language, follow the steps on the Contact us page to speak to a representative and request an interpreter.
If you are unemployed for any reason other than lack of work, state law requires that we follow a specific process to determine if you are eligible for benefits.
It is important that you provide detailed information about the way your employment ended. If we do not have enough information, we may not be able to determine your eligibility for benefits.