6-5-12 (St. Paul, MN) -- The amount of time that jobless Minnesotans can collect unemployment is shrinking. The maximum length of extended unemployment benefits for jobless workers in Minnesota is going to drop later this month from 60 weeks to 46. The decrease is because the jobless rate in the state has averaged at below six-percent for more than three months in a row. Workers who may be affected by the change have been notified. At the height of the recession, unemployed Minnesotans could get up to 86 weeks of benefits.