How Long Are Unemployment Benefits Paid in Minnesota?

By Jared Huizenga

Losing a job can be stressful, but some of that stress can be minimized by knowing the basics about unemployment benefits before the time comes to use them.

Length

Minnesotans receive unemployment benefits for up to a year.

Extension

If you've used up all of your unemployment benefits but are still unemployed, you may be eligible to extend those benefits through federal or state emergency unemployment compensation.

Benefit Amount

Unemployment benefits in Minnesota total approximately half of your gross weekly pay, up to a weekly maximum of $585.

Waiting Period

If you are starting a new unemployment account in Minnesota, you must serve what the state calls a "waiting week." The waiting week is the first week you apply and are eligible for unemployment; money for this week, however, is never paid.

Severance Packages

Any severance package you receive from your previous employer will delay the start of your unemployment payments. For example, if you receive two weeks severance from your employer, you will not be eligible for benefits until two weeks after your final day of employment.

About the Author

Jared Huizenga is a journalist living in Minneapolis where he works for one of the nation's largest weekly newspaper groups, covering city government and school news. While in college he managed two weekly entertainment newspapers in central and southern Minnesota and has contributed to many entertainment websites. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communication.

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