• 1099 Information

    The 1099s reflecting unemployment benefits paid in 2021 were generated on January 17, 2022, to the last address on file. If you received an incorrect 1099-G form or believe you are a victim of fraud, click the link below.

    1099 Information Incorrect 1099-G Forms and Fraud

  • Disaster Assistance

    The Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced today that Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is now available for the following eight counties in Mississippi: Amite, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Pike, Walthall, and Wilkinson.

    For More InformationFile a DUA Claim

  • New Claim Service Line

    What is the status of my claim? MDES has launched a new self-service phone number that allows claimants to find out the status of their claims.

    More InformationOnline Unemployment Services

  • Contact Center Hours

    Beginning August 16, 2021, the contact center hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 8am until 5pm.

    More InformationOnline Unemployment Services

  • New Look!

    MDES launched a new sign-in page for claimants. Our new page features a chatbot for claimants to receive virtual assistance and has instructions on how to upload documents, verify the claimant’s identification and report identity theft.

    Sign-In Now Employer Services

  • Report Refusals of Work

    Mississippi Department of Employment Security needs your help to identify refusals of work. For more information and to report refusals of work, visit the page below.

    Report Refusal of WorkMore Information (PDF)

  • PUA Proof of Employment

    If you received a notice to submit PUA Proof of Employment & have not done so, login to the MS Unemployment system: select, “Provide PUA Proof of Employment.” Documentation must be clear and readable.

    Online Unemployment ServicesAbout PUA

  • No Fee for Services

    We do not solicit payments by phone or social media. 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, instead report this to MDES. There is no fee for Unemployment Services through MDES.

    Report ItOnline Unemployment Services

  • Fraud Alert

    The IRS alerted the Mississippi Department of Security of a phone spoofing scam. A group is using the MDES contact center number 601-493-9427 to contact people requesting payment. For more information, or to report fraud, use the links below.

    More Information.Report Fraud Here.

  • 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

  • UI Fraud Consumer Protection Guide

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

    Consumer GuideIdentity Theft Resource Center

  • Skill UP Mississippi

    Skill UP Mississippi is an initiative of the Office of Adult Education at the Mississippi Community College Board. Through various programs such as Smart Start and High School Equivalency (HSE), Skill UP Mississippi helps people launch careers, strengthens the state workforce, and creates an opportunity for economic development.

    More InformationSuccess Stories

  • 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

  • Weekly Certifications

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

    To Maintain EligibilityWeekly Claims Procedure

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Been a while since you looked 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.

    Search for a jobJob hunting tips

  • 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

COVID-19 UI Assistance


Resources and Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19

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Employer Reporting

Employers: Restart MS

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.

Learn More

Find a WIN Job Center Near You.

WIN Job Center Locations

WIN Job Centers are conveniently located throughout the state. Find the center nearest you, business hours and services offered.

See WIN Locations

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.