Navigating the unemployment crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Minnesotans are having to learn how to navigate an entirely new landscape of day-to-day life. Minnesotans across the state are facing extreme financial anxiety as many have lost or are at risk of losing their jobs. Fortunately, there are steps we can take when navigating the unemployment crisis.

When filing for unemployment, the best way to do so is online to avoid long wait times over the phone. However, if one needs an interpreter, services are available over the phone if necessary. For Twin Cities residents, the call number is 651-296-3644; for residents in Greater Minnesota, it’s 1-877-898-9090; and those in need of TTY services can call 1-866-814-1252.

Due to the high volume of fellow applicants, the Department of Labor asks that citizens apply for unemployment on their designated day of the week that corresponds with the last digit of their social security number. The schedule can be found here.

After the online application is completed, it may take a few days for the request to be processed. If the application has been deemed eligible for unemployment, the applicant will receive a notification online and by mail. It is also important to note that a request for payment is also required every week.