If you are unemployed, or your employment has been reduced
On March 16, 2020, Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order to ensure workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have full access to unemployment benefits.
The executive order makes applicants eligible for unemployment benefits if:
- A healthcare professional or health authority recommended or ordered you to avoid contact with others.
- You have been ordered not to come to their workplace due to an outbreak of a communicable disease.
- You have received notification from a school district, daycare, or other childcare provider that either classes are canceled or the applicant’s ordinary childcare is unavailable, provided that the applicant made reasonable effort to obtain other childcare and requested time off or other accommodation from the employer and no reasonable accommodation was available.
Apply for unemployment: Affected individuals are strongly encouraged to apply for unemployment online. The system is available Sunday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Call UI Customer Service if you, or someone you know, needs help in a language other than English. UI staff will provide an interpreter.
Contact UI Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except on holidays).
- Twin Cities area: 651-296-3644
- TTY - users: 1-866-814-1252
The table below lists the day and time to start an application based on the last digit of your SSN. For example: a person with the SSN XXX-XX-XXX6 would apply on Wednesday.
If the last digit of your SSN is:
|Day or the week you should apply online:|
|0, 1 or 2||Monday|
|3, 4 or 5||Tuesday|
|6, 7, 8 or 9||Wednesday|
Important Things to Know
- The date of application will not affect the amount of benefits you will be paid.
- If you already have an Unemployment Insurance account, you can still login anytime.
- Please do not call the Unemployment Insurance office to ask about the status of your application. Your online account will be updated when more information is available.
- If you have questions please visit the Need to Know page on the UIMN.org site.
Governor’s Stay at Home Order and Critical Worker Information
On March 25, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-20, directing Minnesotans to limit movements outside of their homes from March 27 at 11:59 p.m. to April 10 at 5 p.m.
Workers employed in critical sectors and businesses during this time are exempt from the stay at home order. These exemptions are based on federal guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with some Minnesota-specific additions.
- To learn more about who is considered a critical worker, please visit the Department of Employment and Economic Development’s website.
- If you have additional questions, please email [email protected].
- For clarification and questions, go to https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/business-exemptions/
Health Care Coverage under MNsure Special Enrollment Period
MNsure is offering a special enrollment period for uninsured individuals in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). The health insurance enrollment window is from March 23 through Tuesday, April 21.
Essential and Emergency Worker Information
On Sunday, March 15, Governor Walz signed Emergency Executive Order 20-02, which identifies workers critical to the State’s response to COVID-19. This order also identifies “Essential Tier 2 Workers” as essential to ensuring the public continues to receive vital services.
Please note: Workers designated as both Emergency and Essential Workers qualify child care assistance (see below).
Child Care for Essential and Emergency Workers
A full listing of emergency and essential workers, by occupational titles, can be found on the Child Care Information Sheet.
The State of Minnesota will be setting up hotlines to provide information specific to emergency child care for essential workers. Call 651-297-1304 information.
- Parent Aware: Emergency and Essential Workers are encouraged to call Parent Aware for childcare openings and resources.
- 1-888-291-9811 (Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
- Language assistance is available in Spanish, Hmong and Somali
- An online search is also available on the Parent Aware website.
- YMCA of Minnesota: The YMCA is delivering school age care for children in kindergarten through sixth grade (K-6) for essential employees in 38 sites across the state of Minnesota.
- YMCA sites are open for school age care from 8:30 a.m. through 5 p.m. (Monday through Friday). Registration is first come, first served. To register, go to
- ymcamn.org/mnchildcare or call 612-230-9622
- MN School-Based Child Care Programming: Essential Workers may contact their area’s school or school district to inquire about child care in local schools.
- Availability, ages of children receiving care, etc. will vary by location. Workers are encouraged to contact the facility they are most familiar with, as a starting point.
- When reaching out to a school district, the following questions are recommended:
- Will I be charged/are there fees?
- What are the ages of children you are serving?
- What is your required documentation for my work status/work hours/occupation?
Please note: For MFIP participants and for those receiving Basic Sliding Fee Child Care Assistance Program, please contact your assigned worker.
Information for Child Care Providers
Licensed child care providers with current openings, both family and center-based, should communicate their availability to:
- MN Department of Human Services (DHS): email [email protected] or call 651-431-3809.
- Parent Aware: program by looking up your support team.
- Child Care Aware of Minnesota: email [email protected], or call 888-291-9811.
For information on how to become licensed as a child care provider in Minnesota, please e-mail DHS at [email protected] or call 651-431-3809.
- Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time
- Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry worker's rights and protections
- Internet access
- Low-cost internet and computer resources
- Adult employment resources
- Minnesota Works: Access current job openings on the Minnesota Labor Exchange (free of charge)
- CareerForcemn.com: Minnesota’s on-line career resource platform. Access industry and labor market information, create an account, and much more.
- Minneapolis specific programs:
- Youth employment resources
- Legal Aid
- Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid: Find updates on court cases and advice for people with questions about housing, safety, health, unemployment benefits, etc. during this time.
- Other updates and impacts
Last updated Apr 2, 2020