• Incorrect 1099-G Forms and Fraud

    If you have received an incorrect 1099-G form or if you believe you are a victim of fraud, please click the "More Information" link below.

    More InformationIRS Guidance

  • Due to winter weather...

    the unemployment insurance work search requirement for the week, February 14-20, 2021, has been waived. Individuals filing for the week ending February 20, 2021, will not be required to enter work search details.

    Worksearch RequirementsOnline UI Services

  • Mixed Earners UI Compensation

    On January 11, 2021, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security announces that Mississippi will participate in the Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program.

    More informationCOVID-19 Resources

  • New Text Message Phishing Scheme

    Unemployment Insurance Fraud Consumer Protection Guide from the U.S. Department of Justice National Unemployment Insurance Fraud Task Force...

    More Info from U.S. DOLOIG Hotline

  • CARES Act Update

    On December 27, 2020, the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020 was signed into law.

    More informationCOVID-19 FAQs for Workers

  • High Call Volume

    The MDES Contact Center is currently experiencing an increase in call volume. The Contact Center has a call-back system setup to allow callers to request a call-back. If you have requested a call-back, please do not call again. This will delay your call back from MDES.

    Online Unemployment ServicesJob Listings

  • Disaster Assistance

    Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is now available for six counties in Mississippi. Individuals in George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, and Stone counties in Mississippi, who were unable to work because of Hurricane Zeta may apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

    For More InformationFile a DUA Claim

  • Weekly Certifications

    If you do not file your weekly certifications you will not receive benefits.

    To Maintain EligibilityWeekly Claims Procedure

  • Lost Wages Assistance

    To enter your information for Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Certification, please use the link below.

    Click here to certifyMore Information

  • Worksearch Requirements

    An individual must make an active search for full-time work in order to receive unemployment insurance benefits. The Work Search temporary waiver under the Executive Order No. 1510 will expire as of August 08, 2020.

    More InformationFile Weekly Certification Here

  • Properly Reporting Earnings

    Did you know failure to properly report earnings may result in prosecution in federal and/or state courts?

    More InformationOnline Unemployment Services

  • Online filing is encouraged!

    We are currently experiencing longer wait times for our contact centers. A claim may be filed online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    File a Claim OnlineCOVID-19 Resources & FAQ

  • Employer's Reminder

    The 1st quarter 2020 contributions and benefit charges are due July 31, 2020. The 2nd quarter 2020 Tax and Wage reports and contributions are due on July 31, 2020. These dates were extended with Executive Order 1502 due to the pandemic. These provisions expire on July 31, 2020.

    File or Pay UI TaxQuarterly Report & Tax Due Dates

  • Report Identity Theft and Fraud

    Has someone filed an unemployment claim using your information? Do you know of someone falsifying information to collect unemployment? Report this immediately to MDES.

    Learn MoreAbout UI Claims

  • What information do I need to file an Unemployment Claim?

    For a checklist of this information, click the link below.

    For details, click hereTo file your claim online

  • No Fee for Services

    There is no fee for Unemployment Services through MDES. We do not solicit payments on social media and our employees are prohibited from using social media to assist customers. If you are asked to pay a fee for these services, DO NOT PAY the fee and report this to MDES.

    Report ItOnline Unemployment Services

  • Be Aware of Potential Fraud

    Claimants in Mississippi should be aware of potential fraud when filling for unemployment insurance benefits. The threat of potential scams aiming to steal personal information is real...

    More Information.Report Fraud Here.

  • Unemployment Insurance Fraud Alert

    This is a Fraud Alert from the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Labor.

    Read the AlertOIG Hotline

  • Valid for 3 Years

    MDES unemployment debit cards are valid for 3 years. Please keep your card until it expires; even if you are not currently filing.

    More InformationView your card balance

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

    PUA is intended to provide assistance to persons unemployed or working reduced hours due to COVID-19 and are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits.

    More informationFile your PUA Claim Here

  • Overpayments

    Some customers were issued additional benefit payments in excess of the amount to which they were entitled. Those affected have been issued a notice of overpayment.

    More InformationCOVID-19 Information

  • More Ways To File Your COVID-19 Claim

    If you are experiencing difficulty filing your Unemployment Insurance claim, contact your local WIN Job Center for assistance.

    How to ContactFile a Claim Online

  • COVID-19 Unemployment Assistance

    If your employment has been impacted by COVID-19, file a claim online.

    File a Claim OnlineFor More Information

  • Seeking Housing Assistance?

    Individuals seeking housing assistance who have filed a claim for unemployment can view and download unemployment and wage data through the MDES website.

    Instructions to Access DataLogin to My Account

  • The 2FileUI Mobile App is Now Available

    You can complete your weekly certifications for unemployment insurance payments as early as Sunday each week using our free MDES app… or our website.

    Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store

  • The MSWorks Mobile App is Now Available

    MSWorks is the mobile gateway to all of the Mississippi Works and MDES online services.

    Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store

  • Bulk Filing for Payroll Providers!

    MDES now offers the option of Bulk Filing to its customers who file quarterly Tax and Wage Reports for multiple clients.

    More InformationAbout UI Tax Reporting and Filing

  • New Hire Reporting

    Employers and taxpayers of Mississippi will benefit from the New Hire program by reducing overpayments of unemployment compensation, by detecting and preventing benefit payments to workers who have returned to work, and more…

    More InformationSearch for Employees

  • Help Keep Your Tax Rates Low

    Help keep your tax rates low by using Sides E-Response... a fast, free, and secure way for employers to respond to requests for separation information online.

    More InformationVisit

  • Helping Mississippi’s employers

    MDES offers employers many helpful services--posting jobs, recruitment, help with unemployment taxes and more.

    Post Job OpeningsFile and/or Pay Unemployment Tax

  • Online Quick Start

    Get where you need to go on our site fast.

    Click here nowFind a WIN Job Center

  • Looking for a job?

    Take a look at our job search ideas, interview tips and suggestions on how to dress for success before you begin your job search.

    About Your Job SearchJob Hunting Tips

COVID-19 UI Assistance


Resources and Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19

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Employer Reporting

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Rehires, Work Refusals, or Fraudulent Claims

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Report Fraud

Report Identity Theft & Fraud

Report fraud connected with filing unemployment benefits claims, including someone using the confidential information of you or one of your workers.

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Find a WIN Job Center Near You.

WIN Job Center Locations

WIN Job Center lobbies are currently closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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I just lost my job. What now?

It's overwhelming, we know. But you've come to the right place. MDES will take you through the simple, easy step-by-step process of filing for unemployment and finding a new job.


How do I file for unemployment?

This is step one—the start to a new future for yourself. To file a claim to receive your unemployment benefits, register online with MDES. We'll help you all along the way.