Minnesota Unemployment Extension

If your Minnesota unemployment benefits have run out you may be eligible to receive extended unemployment benefits through one of the state or federal unemployment extension programs.

This federal unemployment extension programs is called Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (Also known as EUC08).

Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08) includes 4 stages, or tiers. Each tier has a different maximum time period for which your unemployment extension will last:

Tier 1 EUC08: 20 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 2 EUC08: 14 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 3 EUC08: 13 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 4 EUC08: 6 week maximum unemployment extension.

If you use up all of your regular unemployment benefits, normally you don't have to apply for an unemployment extension because the system automatically applies for you, if you are eligible. It is very important that you keep track of your benefits to make sure you receive your unemployment extension if you are eligible.

If you get close to your unemployment benefits running out, give your unemployment counselor a call to check to see what you have to do in order to get they unemployment extension.

There is another type of unemployment extension called Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED), more commonly referred to as Extended Benefits (EB). You will only qualify for the EB unemployment extension if you have used up all of your regular unemployment benefits and also used up all of your EUC08 unemployment extension.

If you qualify for the EB unemployment extension you will receive additional benefits equal to 20 weeks or 80% of the maximum benefit amount on the original unemployment claim, whichever amount is less.

Still Have Questions?

To go back to the Minnesota Unemployment FAQ Page, click here: Minnesota Unemployment FAQ

To go the main Minnesota Unemployment page, click here: Minnesota Unemployment

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# Kevin 2013-01-04 13:16
I have 1 week left, exactly 27 dollars in my account will there be something on my account page as what to do about signing up for extension? I have never been on an extension in my life.
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# Mike 2013-02-18 09:40
I have one more week left in my account. Do I qualify for an extension of my benefits? If so, when do they start and how much would I get in my account.
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# Henry 2013-03-11 08:28
This week is the last week of my standard unemployment benefit with only 10 dollars. Will there be something on my account page to do about signing up for extension?
Thank you
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# Monica 2013-04-19 06:12
My benefits expire in 4 weeks. I have been accepted into a Wokforce sponsored training course which will take 8 weeks to complete. for retraining. it is full time, Will I be eligible for an extension? I am currently in my first level of benefits,
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# Tina Cone 2016-07-27 12:43
I have one more week of unemployment left .what do I have to do for an extension?
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# Ginny Mueller 2017-06-17 11:25
I am finding conflicting information regarding Extended Benefits. Is this program currently available? Thank you (in advance) for your response.
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# wayne 2017-08-04 09:18
I also have a week left with very little funds on account and hittin the streets hard with a little hope,, How do i or what is the procedure for getting a extension
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# Michael 2017-08-04 11:12
Question is - how to contact job counselor
to pursue an extension.

Have had a handful of interviews but no success or likely I will be for with unemployment by first part of September,.

Am i eligible for the extension(s)?

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# Scott 2017-08-28 15:15
I am coming to the end of my first 26 weeks. It states on this page that the system will automatically apply you for EUC08 "if eligible". What factors determine eligibility? What factors determine what tier? Do you get the same level of benefit on a weekly basis through EUC08? I am getting a training certificate but will not finish before initial benefits run out. Thanks in advance.
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# terry 2017-09-06 09:42
hello...my unemployment benefits ran out,is there any kind of extension I can get,,,
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