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Unemployment Insurance: Minnesota

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Kathi J. Wright, Gray Plant Mooty


  • Unemployment insurance is a nationwide program created to provide partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for work. Unemployment Insurance is a joint federal-state program based on federal law and executed through state law. See Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program.
  • Minnesota provides a mandatory unemployment insurance program for employers who pay covered wages in the state. See Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program.
  • The unemployment insurance program is financed entirely through employer taxes paid on those covered wages. See Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program.
  • Unemployment benefits are generally 50 percent of a person's average weekly salary up to a maximum amount. See Benefits.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Eligibility.
  • Employers must follow certain notice, posting and recordkeeping requirements. See Notice and Posting Requirements; Recordkeeping Requirements.