When Will I Receive My First Payment?

When to Expect Your Payment

Do not expect to receive your benefit payments on the same day or within the same amount of time each week.

No Payment or Explanation within 7 days of filing?


If you do not receive a payment (or an explanation for not receiving a payment) within 7 days of filing a weekly claim certification, go online at https://my.unemployment,gov to find out if a payment has been issued.

If a payment was NOT issued:

If a payment WAS issued:

Electronic Payment Options

You have the option of receiving your unemployment benefits by:

Learn more about enrolling in these payment method options.

Notice Regarding Availability of Checks

The department is phasing out the use of paper checks. If you file a new claim or re-open a current but inactive claim, you can receive payment either by direct deposit or Visa pre-paid debit card as explained above.