COVID-19 and Applying for Unemployment Insurance Benefits

COVID-19 and Applying for Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Update: Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Read more about how the CARES Act may impact your eligibility for unemployment benefits.

Due to the high volume of incoming requests for unemployment insurance benefits, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is asking all first-time applicants to submit their online applications on an assigned day based on their Social Security numbers. Here’s the schedule for when you can apply:

If the last digit of your Social Security number is: Day of Week to Apply Time of Day to Apply
0, 1 or 2 Monday 6am - 8pm
3, 4 or 5 Tuesday 6am - 8pm
6, 7, 8 or 9 Wednesday 6am - 8pm
Any digit Thursday 6am - 8pm
Any digit Friday 6am - 8pm

During this time when thousands of people are in the process of applying for unemployment benefits, the DEED is making it a “top priority to process applications efficiently and effectively, and to ensure that we can deliver for Minnesotans in this time of need.”

Are you eligible to apply?

According to the DEED website, if your employment has been affected by COVID-19 you may be eligible for unemployment benefits if:

  • You have temporarily or permanently lost your job or had your hours reduced because of COVID-19.
  • A healthcare professional or health authority recommended or ordered you to avoid contact with others due to COVID-19.
  • You have been ordered not to come to their workplace due to an outbreak of COVID-19.
  • You have received notification from a school district, daycare, or other childcare provider that either classes are canceled or your usual childcare is unavailable, as long as you made a reasonable effort to find other childcare and requested time off or other accommodation from your employer and no reasonable accommodation was available.

> Visit the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance website for more in-depth information on eligibility, and instructions on how you can apply online