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New unemployment applicants in Minnesota have to follow schedule to apply

More than 200,000 Minnesota workers have applied since March 16.

Anyone looking to file for unemployment insurance in Minnesota for the first time will now need to schedule an appointment and apply on a specific day. 

Typically, anyone can go online to and apply at their convenience, but due to a record number of applicants the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is asking new applicants to follow a schedule

The scheduling process will set up specific dates for new applicants based on the last digit of their Social Security number. The chart below shows how it works. 

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If your Social Security number ends in 0, 1 or 2, Monday is your day to apply. Those whose SSN ends in 3, 4 or 5, it's Tuesday. Wednesday is for people with an SSN ending in 6, 7, 8 or 9. Thursday and Friday remain open for everyone to apply. 

"You will only be allowed to apply on your assigned day - or on Thursday or Friday if you missed your assigned day," a release from DEED said. 

On Friday, DEED Commissioner Steve Grove said that more than 204,000 Minnesotans had filed for unemployment since March 16. 

"Our unemployment insurance team is working around the clock with these unprecedented numbers to make sure we can serve Minnesotans," said Grove. "This is an unprecedented volume. More in the last 11 days than we saw all of last year, so we really want to ask for your patience. We are processing things as quickly as we can."

Here are important things to know about the application process: 

  • Date of your application won't affect how much you will be paid. 
  • If you already have an unemployment insurance account, you can still login whenever you want. 
  • Do not call the unemployment insurance office. Call volumes are at overwhelming levels. 
  • Get your questions answered at

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