Worker Resources

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:

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).

Application Schedule

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 2Monday
3, 4 or 5Tuesday
6, 7, 8 or 9Wednesday

Important Things to Know

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.

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.

Learn how to enroll.

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).

Learn who is an emergency worker and who is an essential worker [PDF download]

Information for City of Minneapolis employees

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.

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:

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.

Additional Resources


Last updated Apr 2, 2020



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