Who May Apply For Unemployment Benefits?

Unemployment benefits cover most people who have worked in Minnesota for private employers or state and local governments. It does not cover people who have worked only for the railroad or in self­employment. You must be a U.S. citizen, a registered alien, or have permission to work in the United States. Ex­service personnel may be eligible for unemployment benefits.

You qualify if you meet all of the following:

  • have earned sufficient wage credits:
  • are partially or totally unemployed through no fault of your own;
  • are able to work;
  • are available for employment;
  • are actively seeking suitable employment.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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