Unemployment Claims

You’re here because you are unemployed and want to file a claim to receive your weekly unemployment benefits. Don’t be intimidated or afraid. This site is easy to use, and MDES is here to help you navigate the path to a new job and a new future.

First, here’s where to go to GET STARTED. We’ll take you step-by-step through the process of filing a claim to receive your unemployment benefit.

Part of the requirement for continuing to receive a weekly unemployment check is that you have to look for a job until you find one. You can do that from here, too. But first you have to register to use our online services.


File your Unemployment Claim or Weekly Certification Online Here.


What information do I need to file an Unemployment Claim?
Your work history information for the past 18 months including employer names, addresses, phone numbers, the reason for separation, and dates of employment;
your current contact information;
your driver’s license or state ID number; and
your Social Security Card. 

How do I apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits or get more information about the process?

To file an Unemployment Claim, visit the MDES website at or call the MDES Contact Center at 601-493-9427.

Online filing is encouraged! A claim may be filed on-line at twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week. Click here for online Unemployment Services.


Register for MDES Services

Register with MDES

The first thing you have to do is register with MDES Online Services. Whether you want to file a claim to receive weekly unemployment benefits or to search for a new job, you must register first. That’s how you get your personal User Name and PIN number to be able to use the online system whenever you need to.

Get Information on Benefits

Get the Details

Everything you need to know about filing for benefit claims, how to qualify to receive unemployment benefits, what to do to file your claim every week and how to prepare your work search record is here for you.

Explore Claims Information

Claims Information

There are many types of unemployment benefits claims you can file, depending on your particular situation: regular claims, interstate claims, combined wage claims, federal civilian claims and federal military claims. Everything you need to know about each is here in one convenient location, along with additional programs that may benefit you.


Questions? Use our enhanced search feature at the top of each page to ask questions. It will take you to the information you need.