Minnesota Unemployment Requirements

In order to start your unemployment, MN unemployment requirements include the following:

1. You are totally unemployed. Depending on your vocation and industry, you may qualify for unemployment if you have had your hours reduced.
2. You have worked and earned a minimum amount of wages in work covered by unemployment tax during the past 18 months.
3. You have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you were laid-off you will qualify for unemployment. In most cases, if you were fired for cause - you will not be eligible to collect unemployment. If you were fired for cause, you SHOULD apply for unemployment anyway, just in case you are eligible to get it.
4. You are able and available for work. If you are unable to work because of disability or medical condition, you may not meet the Minnesota unemployment requirements, but you should apply anyway. If you are not eligible for unemployment, you may be eligible to collect disability benefits, and the case worker at the unemployment office will be able to direct you on how to apply for disability.
5. You are registered for work at your local Workforce Development Center. You must do this when you apply for unemployment, and every week when you certify your weekly claim.
6. You are actively seeking work. You must apply to a minimum of two jobs per week.

To continue receiving weekly unemployment benefits, MN unemployment requirements state that you must file a 'weekly claim' by doing the following:

1. Meet all of the MN unemployment requirements listed above.
2. Apply for at least two jobs each week.
3. Contact the Minnesota unemployment office to file your 'weekly claim'. You can do this via phone or on the internet.

Toll Free: 1-877-898-9090 Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program Office Minnesota Unemployment Website

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# Dennis T 2010-12-30 08:33
I have been out of work for over a year and have been collecting benefits. Two weeks ago I had heart attack and now I am not eligible for benefits. So now I have medical bills coming in and no income. I thought unemployment was supposed to help between jobs. This is when the help is most needed.
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# Ashley 2011-02-20 19:04
If I am unable to make it to my job, due to no vehicle, would I still be eligable for unemployment?
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# B 2011-09-29 11:02
Just relocated to Minnesota from Michigan - moved here with my girlfriend. Most recent job was in Michigan, left that job to relocate here. Is it possible I qualify for unemployment insurance in Minnesota?
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# Erica 2012-03-09 04:13
Can a teacher who is laid off from their position file for unemployment? I do not have a contract for the following school year (2012-2013) due to budget cuts.
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# Bill 2012-04-22 22:30
If I resigned from my position at my job due to accepting another job offer at another company (signing official job offer letter, etc,) but in the interim after a back-ground check they decide not to hire me, therefore I'm out of a job totally since I resigned from previous position because of new job, can I get any unemployment benefits?
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# Jo 2012-06-26 23:56
I am a teacher and have been nonrenewed for the coming school year. It is a guarantee that I will not have a position there next school year. I will collect pay checks through August. I opted to have all my pay be divided into 26 checks to ensure I had money year-round. Since I already earned this money and am NOT working, am I still eligible for unemployment benefits at this time? I could have collected it only in the school year so it doesn't seem fair to have that impact my unemployment now.

Thank you for any help you have to offer.
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# emily 2012-07-24 20:19
I am being "forced" out of employment. I have been employed at the same place for almost a year. I told my boss I was looking for another job because I will need a different schedule to attend school. He immediately hired two people to replace me and has since been making comments about how he does not want to rush me out BUT I am costing him in payroll, so he hopes I find one soon. I got a job interview, but it is during work hours (though he has NO written schedule for employees) and he will be out of town that day. I explained that I had already talked to a co worker and we had agreed to switch shifts. This didn't matter to me and he still refused to allow me to go. This conversation continued into public view of customers where he started escalating it in front of patrons. He informed me that I just had to work Thursday and Friday so he could take his trip, and he would then consider Friday my last.day. I asked him if this.was an offer or a threat and he told me it was an offer. However, he has done similar things with other employees and essentially bullies them into quitting. What kind of a spot am I in, is there anything I.can do?
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# Shari 2012-10-08 12:09
My husband has worked for an asphalt co. past 5 months and will get laid off probably next month. prior to that he was self employed. we are hearing different things about him being able to collect unemployment. some say no because he was self employed prior and to figure benefits they don't cover the most recent 6 months. but others say since he has made $30K+ in the past 5 months they will use that to figure benefits. Help please!!!! we have kids to support and if he needs to find a job during the winter months he needs to get on it now. Thank you!!!!!
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# Truth 2013-04-17 14:11
If you have kids to support then shouldn't he already be looking for a job during the winter months? Instead of working like a decent person you voluntarily take the winter months off and let other hardworking people pay to support you, your husband, and your kids? If you have kids to support, that's your responsibility, not mine and every other hardworking person. Get a job you losers!
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# tracy 2012-11-11 03:51
If you loose your job because the company you were working for went out of business, but you had another job job can you get unemployment? the company has given us permission to file but can we, please help!!
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# KalEl 2012-12-12 21:00
Ive heard that our salary pay is getting cut; depending on our pay cut can we apply for unemployment? I heard that if your salary was cut a certain percentage you can claim unemployment I was wondering if that was true? Thank you for your help.
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# John 2012-12-13 13:45
My wife resigned her job 14 months ago so she could complete her degree. She has her degree now and has been applying for jobs, but no responses have come back. Can she collect unemployment while she is searching for a new job?
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# victor 2013-03-03 15:08
I have been working full time through a temp service for about 13 months and now the position has ended. can i qualify for benefits?

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# laurie 2013-08-14 12:59
I just found out the company I work for is being sold. The new owners offered me a position but it is a total change in job description. If I decided not to accept the position can I draw unemployment?
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