How long can a person collect unemployment benefits in Minnesota?

Assuming a person or applicant for benefits meets certain eligibility requirements, a person in Minnesota can collect unemployment benefits for 26 consecutive weeks.  If a person collecting unemployment benefits in Minnesota receives a reduced benefit amount for a particular week , unemployment benefits in Minnesota can be collected beyond this 26 week period.  Also, a person can collect additional unemployment benefits in Minnesota upon qualifying for unemployment benefits extended through federal legislation.

As it stands, a person collecting unemployment benefits in Minnesota is assigned a weekly benefit amount.  In Minnesota, a person can collect a maximum unemployment benefit of 26 times their weekly benefit (total unemployment = 26 x weekly benefit amount).  For example, if a person or applicant for unemployment benefits in Minnesota is granted $300 dollars per week in unemployment compensation, the maximum amount in unemployment benefits that a person can collect in Minnesota is 26 x $300 or $7,800.  As a result, a person collecting unemployment benefits in Minnesota could collect $300 for a maximum of 26 consecutive weeks.  If a person’s weekly unemployment amount is reduced because they are working part time or they are not eligible for a particular week, then a person in Minnesota will likely collect unemployment benefits for more than 26 weeks until their unemployment benefits are exhausted.

After a person’s unemployment benefits in Minnesota are exhausted, a person can collect unemployment benefits for another 43 weeks through the federal government.  This additional 43 weeks of benefits is administered through the Minnesota unemployment system.  However, this unemployment extension is not guaranteed and is divided into three tiers.  In other words, a person can collect unemployment benefits in Minnesota for 43 additional weeks if they meet certain requirements.

Again, this unemployment extension is a federal subsidy and is not guaranteed.  Instead, a person must re-qualify for unemployment benefits in Minnesota after each tier has been exhausted.  If the federal government does not extend unemployment benefits then a person in Minnesota can only collect unemployment for 26 weeks.  This federal extension is approved on a month to month basis.  Thus, it is possible that a person in Minnesota can collect unemployment benefits for 69 weeks provided they are deemed eligible and unemployment benefits are extended through three tiers as allowed under the federal government.

Therefore, it is critical that an applicant trying to collect unemployment benefits in Minnesota take their application and appeal process seriously.  Otherwise, an applicant or person trying to collect unemployment benefits in Minnesota can be severely penalized and miss out on collecting at a minimum 26 weeks of unemployment benefits and additional unemployment benefits provided through the federal government.

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