Homeland Security and Emergency Management

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Unemployed Workers

When a disaster leaves workers unemployed for an extended period, the state can provide temporary assistance until the local economy has recovered. Information on disaster programs or assistance will be provided here as it becomes available.


Unemployed Workers Financial Assistance

If you are unemployed because of the disaster you may be eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance benefits. Go to Minnesota Unemployment for more information or call 1-877-898-9090.

Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

DEED manages a variety of business development, assistance and recovery programs as well as worker assistance and job training programs to eligible individuals whose unemployment results from a disaster.  Some of the appropriate assistance programs include:
  • Minnesota Investment Fund
  • Small Business Development Centers
  • Temporary Workforce Centers
  • Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
  • Small Cities Development Program (SCDP)
  • MN Public Facilities Authority (PFA)
In addition, DEED will also administer federal disaster recovery programs including National Emergency Grants (NEG) which can provide temporary work for displaced workers and the federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program which can provide assistance to workers not covered by standard state assistance. Read more on the DEED programs fact sheet:
Or for more information, visit the DEED Programs Website.

Job Assistance 

WorkForce Centers are available statewide to help jobseekers who are looking for work.
View job listings, apply for available positions, create and post up to five resumes that may be seen by employers on this comprehensive job-search database.