Minnesota issues first $600 CARES Act payments


The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced today that the agency received final guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor to be one of the first states to make $600 additional compensation payments to people receiving unemployment benefits.

These payments were authorized by Congress in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which was signed into law on March 27, 2020.

“As soon as the CARES Act became law, our team at DEED got to work putting the technology in place to support these payments and ensure that we were ready to get the money to Minnesotans in need,” said Commissioner Steve Grove. “With a record number of unemployment applications, we know this is an uncertain and challenging time for many. It was critical that we act swiftly and provide this additional compensation without delay.”

All individuals who are currently receiving Minnesota unemployment benefits will qualify for the $600 additional compensation and will continue to receive their regular unemployment benefit.  

What Minnesotans need to know:

  • The first week for which you can get the additional $600 is the week beginning March 29.
  • You could request the week of March 29 on or after April 5. If you already requested payment for that week, you will get the $600 payment automatically.
  • You do not need to contact DEED or do anything to get the additional $600. We will automatically process the additional $600 payment AFTER you request benefits for the week of March 29 (and every week after that you are eligible).
  • You will not see the $600 payment on your online unemployment account. You will only see it on your bank account or your unemployment debit card statement.
  • Payments may take a few days to reach your bank/debit card.

For more information about the agency and its services visit the DEED website or follow DEED on Twitter.

Upon request, this information can be made available in alternate formats for people with disabilities by contacting the DEED Communications Office at 651-259-7161.