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Iron range benefit extension

Extended benefits for laid off iron mine workers and related businesses

On March 24th, 2016, Governor Dayton signed into law a bill providing 26 weeks of extended benefits to laid-off iron miners and other workers whose employer provided goods and services to one of the iron mines or processing facilities. Extended benefits are only available to these two groups.


The last week extended benefits for workers in the iron mine industry can be paid is the week of June 25 through July 1, 2017.

  • If you exhaust your regular unemployment benefits before June 25, 2017, you can receive extended benefits until July 1, 2017
  • If you receive regular unemployment benefits for the week of June 25th, extended benefits will not be available to you.

Iron miners

  • This group includes workers who were employed in the Iron Mining Industry. The Iron Mining industry includes businesses that extract and/or process ore. We know who the iron mining industry employers are and who worked for these employers.

  • Because layoffs occurred over a span of months, not all Iron Miners run out of regular UI benefits at the same time. Some have also gone into federally-funded training programs that provide for training-related extended benefits (TRA*).

What should I do?

  • If you have not run out of your Regular UI or you are receiving TRA, there is nothing you have to do at this point. You will receive a letter with more information.

  • Those workers who have exhausted their regular benefits AND are not receiving TRA will be contacted so we can transition them to the new Extended Benefits program. We will contact these workers starting on Friday March 25th and continue through the following week.

Workers whose employer provided goods and services to an iron mining industry employer

  • This group includes workers whose employer provided goods and services to a business in the Iron Mining Industry.

    • The goods and services must have been provided to the Mining Industry Employer itself.
    • Most suppliers of goods and services are in construction, wholesale trades or technical services.

  • Unlike the Iron Miner group, we don’t know precisely which businesses – and therefore which workers – are in this group.

What should I do?

  • If you have exhausted Regular UI benefits call UI Customer Service.

    • A UI representative will assist you in completing a questionnaire.

      • The questionnaire will allow you to tell us about the goods and services your employer provided to an Iron Mining Industry business.
      • We’ll then ask your employer to answer similar questions.

    • Based on the information provided by you and your employer, a determination will be mailed to you regarding your eligibility for extended benefits.

    • If you are determined eligible you will be able to complete the application for extended benefits online or by phone.

*TRA stands for Trade Readjustment Allowance. TRA is a federally-funded extended benefits program for workers who are either in a re-training program or will be starting such a program soon.

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