Mississippi Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Mississippi’s unemployment insurance benefits program is designed to help ease the state’s overall economic burden by providing a temporary source of income for workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own.

In Mississippi, employers pay all unemployment taxes, and no employee wages are ever taken to help cover costs of the program. The provision of UI benefits helps maintain financial stability for many unemployed workers and their families across the state of Mississippi.

Mississippi Unemployment Services

Websitehttps://www.mdes.ms.gov/unemployment-claims
Phone888-844-3577
Apply Onlinehttps://wings.mdes.ms.gov
Weekly Certificationhttps://wings.mdes.ms.gov
Appeal a DenialRequest a Hearing
Find a Local Officehttps://www.mdes.ms.gov/win-job-centers
Report FraudReport Fraud
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Am I Eligible for Mississippi Unemployment Benefits?

While no eligibility determination is final until a claim is reviewed, a claimant generally can be found eligible for UI benefits by meeting the following eligibility requirements:

  • The claimant is unemployed through no fault of his or her own
  • The claimant files a weekly claim as required
  • The claimant is able to work - mentally and physically able to work a normal workweek for the type of work the claimant does
  • The claimant must be available to work – the claimant must be willing to accept full-time work when it is offered, along with having appropriate transportation and childcare arrangements already in place
  • The claimant must actively be seeking work – regularly making a good faith effort to find available jobs

Benefit Payments and Duration

Base PeriodFirst 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
Alt Base PeriodN/A
Duration of BenefitsWeekly PaymentMaximum Benefits Amount (1 year)
MinMax
13-26 weeks$30$235$6,110

How To Apply for Unemployment Benefits in Mississippi

As soon as you become unemployed, you should file a claim online for unemployment insurance benefits or by calling 601-493-9427.

Your first task is to register with the Mississippi Department of Employment Services online portal. Whether you want to file an initial claim or search for a new job, you are required to register here first. Through this process, you set up your username and PIN so that you can regularly access the system.

Once you’ve set up your account, you can follow the step-by-step instructions within the portal for completing and submitting your initial claim.

How To Manage Weekly Unemployment Benefits

Part of the requirement for continuing to receive unemployment assistance is submitting information on a weekly basis about your job search activities, along with reporting any income you might have made from part-time or contract work.

Weekly claim certifications can be filed online using the same username and PIN you established when submitting your initial claim. The process consists of answering a series of simple questions about your job search activities for the previous week. Failure to file your weekly claim certification in a timely manner could delay your UI benefits.

How To Appeal a Decision

Either the claimant or the employer has the option to submit a request for appeal and participate in an appeals hearing if unhappy with a determination regarding an initial claim. If you disagree with a decision, you have 14 days from the mailing date of your determination letter to request an appeal. You may do so by contacting the Mississippi Department of Employment Security Call Center at 601-321-6000, or you may mail a written request to the following address:

MDES
Appeals Department
P.O. Box 1699
Jackson MS, 39215-1699

You also may call the Appeals Department in the Mississippi state office at 601-321-6294.

Reporting Fraud

Fraud and abuse cost a substantial amount of money every single year, diverting much-needed assistance from Mississippi’s unemployed workers. You can help prevent financial loss by reporting suspected fraud to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

You may do so through any of the contact methods listed below:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 601-493-9427
Fax: 601-321-6471

Mail:
Mississippi Department of Employment Security
Benefit Payment Control Department
P.O. Box 23089
Jackson, MS 39225-3089

Mississippi Unemployment Office Locations

Amory Unemployment Office1619 Highland Drive
PO Box 415
Amory, MS 38821
662-256-2618
Batesville Unemployment Office103-16 Woodland Road
Tylertown Plaza; PO Box 1511
Batesville, MS 38606
662-360-1236
Tupelo Unemployment Office3200 Adams Farm Road #200
Belden, MS 38826
662-842-4371
Brookhaven Unemployment Office545 Brookway Boulevard
PO Box 790
Brookhaven, MS 39601
601-833-3511
Marshall County Unemployment Office4700 Cayce Rd.
Byhalia, MS 38611
662-851-4190
Madison County Unemployment Office152 Watford Parkway Dr
Suite B; PO Box 450
Canton, MS 39046
601-859-7609
Carthage Unemployment Office202 C.O. Brooks Street
Carthage, MS 39051
601-267-9282
Clarksdale Unemployment Office236 Sharkey Avenue
3rd Floor; PO Box 640
Clarksdale, MS 38614
662-624-9001
Cleveland Unemployment Office119 North Commerce Avenue
PO Box 1750
Cleveland, MS 38732
662-843-2704
Columbia Unemployment Office1111 US Highway 98 Suite A
Columbia, MS 39429
601-736-2628
Corinth Unemployment Office2759 South Harper Road
Corinth, MS 38834
662-696-2336
Forest Unemployment Office536 Deer Field Drive
Forest, MS 39074
601-469-2851
Greenville Unemployment Office800 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Delta Plaza Shopping Ctr #C54
Greenville, MS 38703
662-332-8101
Greenwood Unemployment Office812 West Park Ave.
PO Box 554
Greenwood, MS 38930
662-459-4600
Grenada Unemployment Office1229-A Sunset Drive
Grenada, MS 38901
662-226-2911
Gulfport Unemployment Office10162 Southpark Drive
PO Box 2849
Gulfport, MS 39503
228-897-6900
Hattiesburg Unemployment Office1911 Arcadia Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
601-584-1202
Houston Unemployment Office210 South Monroe Street
Houston, MS 38851
662-407-1219
Indianola Unemployment Office226 North Martin Luther King Dr
PO Box 963
Indianola, MS 38751
662-887-2502
Iuka Unemployment Office1107 Maria Lane
Iuka, MS 38852
662-423-9231
Jackson Unemployment Office5959 I 55 N Frontage Road
Jackson, MS 39213
601-321-7931
Laurel Unemployment OfficeHighway 15 North
2139 Suite D
Laurel, MS 39440
601-399-4000
Lexington Unemployment Office303 Yazoo Street
PO Box 385
Lexington, MS 39095
662-834-2426
Louisville Unemployment Office790 North Court Avenue
Louisville, MS 39339
662-773-5051
McComb Unemployment Office1400 A Harrison Ave.
Mccomb, MS 39648
601-684-4421
Meridian Unemployment Office2000 Highway 19 N
Meridian, MS 39307
601-553-9511
Natchez Unemployment Office107 Col John Pitchford Pkwy
PO Box 810 (39121)
Natchez, MS 39120
601-442-0243
New Albany Unemployment Office301 North Street
New Albany, MS 38652
662-692-1502
Oxford Unemployment Office1310 Belk Boulevard Suite 1
Oxford, MS 38655
662-236-7201
Pascagoula Unemployment Office1604 Denny Avenue
PO Box 1058 (39568)
Pascagoula, MS 39567
228-762-4713
Pearl Unemployment Office212 St Paul Street
Pearl, MS 39208
601-321-5441
Picayune Unemployment Office2005 Wildwood Road
Picayune, MS 39466
601-798-3472
Pontotoc WIN Center316A Coffee Street
Pontotoc, MS 38863
662-407-1226
Vicksburg Unemployment Office755 HWY 27 South
Vicksburg, MS 39180
601 619-2841
Vicksburg Specialty Unemployment Office100 Smokey Lane
Vicksburg, MS 39180
601-638-2770