Minnesota State Average Weekly Wage and Unemployment

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    Workers' Compensation

    • Minnesota workers injured while on the job and unable to return to work do not file for unemployment benefits, but should be covered by their employer's workers' compensation insurance. These benefits, linked to the state average weekly wage, pay for medical care, hospitalization and medication and also provide compensation until the employee returns to work. Depending on the severity of the injury, some workers may receive lifetime workers' compensation benefits.

    Unemployment Eligibility

    • To receive unemployment compensation, the worker must be unemployed or experience a large reduction in working hours. Workers must hold U.S. citizenship or legal U.S. work authorization. The worker must have sufficient earnings to qualify for unemployment benefits during the base period.

      Workers must both actively seek and be available for suitable employment. Availability means the worker will accept work in the same occupation, or any other suitable field. Workers must accept wages that area employers are paying workers with comparable experience and qualifications in the particular occupation.


    • Workers receive approximately one-half of the their average gross weekly wages during the base period, up to the Minnesota maximum of $578, as of the time of publication. The overall maximum compensation is 26 times the weekly benefit amount. This weekly benefit amount is the greater of the highest quarter of wages earned during the base period, divided by 26, with a maximum of $372, or the total wages in the base period wages divided by 104 to the state maximum of $578. The overall maximum benefits are the lower of the weekly compensation multiplied by 26, or dividing the entire base period wages by 3.


    • Workers who quit their jobs or were fired for cause cannot collect unemployment benefits. Striking workers or those honoring the strike are ineligible for benefits for the length of the strike. However, workers locked out of the work site by an employer during a labor dispute may be eligible. Incarcerated workers or those in work release programs are also ineligible.


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