Right now, the time between applying and getting your first check is a minimum of four weeks. Normally, the federal government considers three weeks “on time.” It is taking us longer due to COVID-19. More people are applying for unemployment benefits than ever before.
If it has been less than four weeks since you applied for unemployment benefits by filing your initial claim, please do not contact us yet. We are processing your application. Contacting us before then will not help you get benefits faster. It actually slows down our ability to process claims for everyone.
If it has been four weeks or more since you submitted your initial claim and you have not heard from us, please call us at 1-877-FILE4UI (1-877-345-3484) for regular claims, or 1-833-410-1004 for PUA claims.