Mississippi Unemployment Guide

If you've recently lost your job in Mississippi, you may be eligible for Mississippi Unemployment Insurance benefits. This is a guide to filing your claim for Mississippi unemployment benefits. Since each situation may have its own unique circumstances, make sure you check with the contact numbers and websites listed below to make sure you get the maximum benefits you can claim.

Filing for Unemployment:

Unemployed Mississippi workers can file an initial claim for unemployment benefits one of two ways:

  1. Online – File your initial unemployment claim on the Access Mississippi System
  2. Telephone – File your unemployment claim by telephone at 1-888-844-3577

File your claim right away after you've stopped working – don't delay. Your claim starts the week you file. Unemployment benefits are not retroactive, so if you delay you may lose benefits.

  • Name, address & phone
  • SSN & date of birth
  • Name, address, phone number, gross earnings, dates worked, and reason for separation for all employers for the past 18 months
  • If you were discharged from the military in the last 18 months, you'll need Copy #4 of your DD Form 214
  • If you were a Federal employee in the last 18 months, you'll need SF 8 or SF 50 (or W2 or pay stubs)
  • If you are not a US Citizen, you'll need your Alien Registration Number, expiration, and type

You are required to register for career services at your local WIN Job Center or online.

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Filing Your Weekly Claim:

Mississippi weekly unemployment benefits are a minimum $30 per week up to a maximum $235 per week. Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) currently adds an additional $25 per week to your benefit.

Unemployed Mississippi workers can file weekly unemployment claims one of two ways:

  1. Online – File your initial unemployment claim on the Access Mississippi System
  2. Telephone – File your unemployment claim on the Mississippi Interactive Telephone System (MITS) at 866-946-6487, Sunday - Monday, Midnight to 7:00pm; Tuesdays - Thursday, 7:00am to 7:00pm; Friday, 7:00am – 5:00pm

Beware of the Waiting Week. Your first week of benefits is called a "waiting week" – this means you will not be paid benefits during your first week of eligibility, but you must still file a claim to get credit for waiting.

You should anticipate your first check within 5 days after filing your second weekly unemployment benefits claim. Ongoing benefit payments should arrive 5 days after your weekly claim filing date.

Unemployment Benefits:

Health care benefits may also be available through the Health Coverage Tax Credit - Check COBRA and The IRS for details.

Mississippi workers may be eligible for career assistance and training assistance – look under Job Seeker Services.

Filing for extensions:

If an extended benefit period is declared, based on unemployment rates, and it appears that you qualify, you will be notified with instructions to extend your unemployment benefits.

Ending Unemployment:

When you return to work, file for credit for the remaining few days you didn't work, and report wages earned for the week. Then, just stop filing - when you stop weekly filing, your unemployment benefits automatically end. You may also let a claims representative know your first day of work.


Make sure to keep a copy of your work search record. You may be required to supply copies to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security office.

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