Unemployment Insurance recipients begin receiving increase in benefits

As part of the CARES Act passed by Congress, those on unemployment will receive an additional $600 dollars per week. After getting guidance from the federal government, the State of Minnesota was one of the first to deploy those checks to eligible individuals last week. A news release issued by the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) stated Minnesotans should know several things about the payment:

  • The first week for which you can get the additional $600 is the week beginning March 29
  • You could request the week of March 29 on or after April 5. If you already requested payment for that week, you will get the $600 payment automatically
  • You do not need to contact DEED or do anything to get the additional $600. They will automatically process the additional $600 payment AFTER you request benefits for the week of March 29 (and every week after that you are eligible).
  • You will not see the $600 payment on your online unemployment account. You will only see it on your bank account or your unemployment debit card statement.

DEED is still working with the federal government on releasing benefits (Pandemic Unemployment Insurance) (PUA) for self-employed individuals and coordinating the development of software to ensure people are paid accurately. DEED is suggesting individuals who think they may qualify to apply now. Initially, individuals will be denied by the system, but DEED will flag your account and proactively reach back out once PUA is built and ready to administer the program.