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Unemployment Wait Times Per State, Post & Track Here

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    Unemployment benefits are handled at the state level. So that means there are 50 different state agencies, all with different expected wait times to process and send benefit payments. Some states are having a much harder time responding to the massive amount of unemployment applications than others.

    And most states are still way behind on complying with the recent changes to unemployment benefits that the Cares Act made law, like increased benefits of $600/wk on top of normal benefits through July 31st, 2020 and an extra 13 weeks of max benefits. So there is a good chance once you get approved you won't be receiving enhanced benefits for the first few weeks of payment.

    Good news is most, if not all states are going to retroactively honor the increased benefits, starting March 29th. Benefits will be retroactively $600/wk more than usual due to Stimulus Relief funding, even if it takes your states several weeks to begin sending you checks.

    Also, some states are waiving the one week waiting period while others are not.

    All that said, let's try and help as many people as we can by tracking wait times per state here, and sharing your personal experiences with applying. Let people know what state you're applying in, when you applied, how the experience is going, or anything else you can think of that will be of help.

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    Most people will not have received benefits yet. And no one has received enhanced benefits yet, though here are some updates on some states, to get this started:

    New York
    If you are already receiving benefits, starting this week (April 6th - 13th) you will start receiving an additional $600/wk. New approved claims will start getting enhanced benefits in two to three weeks from April 7th, 2020.

    Pennsylvania
    According to the PA Department of Labor and Industry, the fastest and easiest way to begin the process is online. Those determined to be eligible for unemployment compensation will receive two letters and a four digit PIN in the US mail. The first benefit payment should arrive within four weeks of filing for unemployment. (written 4/7/2020)

    Washington
    This state is waiving its one week waiting period, which is good news. It typically takes two weeks to get unemployment benefits under normal processing times, though expect it to take longer as more than 133,000 have applied in the last week alone. All that considered, once approved it should take approximately 1-3 weeks.

    Texas
    Texas is not waiving its one week waiting period. They suggest you call in at staggered times of the day, depending on your area code. Typical wait time from application to getting benefits is usually four weeks. That's under normal circumstances. So expect it to be at least several days or maybe a few weeks longer than that.

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    It really seems like every state is in over their heads right now. That is to be expected considering the truly unprecedented times we're living in, but that doesn't make it any easier for people who suddenly found themselves unemployed without any warning whatsoever.

    My state of Oregon has a good FAQ page that addresses the most common concerns of applicants in the state.

    A couple things I notice are that it appears they have yet to issue guidance on when the additional $600/week will be available to applicants, but it is clear on their website that it will be retroactive.

    Oregon has also indefinitely closed all WorkSource Oregon centers (unemployment offices) to in-person appointments, meaning all applicants must apply online if they can or over the phone if they must.

    The most up-to-date info the state has released about unemployment claims is:

    "If you have not already filed an initial claim application, please do so. If you have filed, make sure you claim each week you want to request benefits. We will let you know your options under the federal legislation as soon as possible."

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    J.K.Logic Wrote:

    Texas
    Texas is not waiving its one week waiting period. They suggest you call in at staggered times of the day, depending on your area code. Typical wait time from application to getting benefits is usually four weeks. That's under normal circumstances. So expect it to be at least several days or maybe a few weeks longer than that.

    The Texas Workforce Commission is now backdating unemployment claims to the date a person was laid off. Which will help in fixing the issue of potential loss in benefits.

    Texas still hasn't added the additional $600 to unemployment checks. The TWC director said that Texans may begin to this addition in one week. Today is the 7th, so hopefully by the 14 or so, Texans will start getting that additional aid.

    Also, their unemployment site is experiencing a high volume of visitors:

    "Having trouble filing an unemployment claim online? Our Unemployment Benefit System online portal is available 24 hours a day but is experiencing a high volume of visitors. We are seeing lower volume on the online portal between 10:00p.m. and 8 a.m. You may want to try back during those hours to file your claim or check the status of your claim."

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    I've seen a ton of people talking about how long it's taking to receive their funds right now. Not only from the normal waiting period, but also the flood of people overloading the system. To add to that, it's sounding like it's very difficult to get someone on the phone at the call center if a mistake is made which requires an actual conversation to resolve.

    I read that Michigan is adding more staff (apparently quadrupled) and expanding their hours for it's call center to make up for the large spike in calls and claims. Hopefully this type of thing is happening all over to help the situation. Michigan UIA has promised that everyone who qualifies for benefits will get them asap. They're also backdating applications to the original date of unemployment, rather than the 28-day-after mark as usual. I haven't found too much info on how long it's actually taking to receive the benefits, but I would prepare for a bit longer than normal and make sure your application is correct.

    I've also seen with other states like Georgia that it's taking much longer. The Georgia State Department of Labor said that it's generally taking anywhere from 2-3 weeks for applicants to receive benefits, that is if the application was filled out correctly and there are no other issues holding up the process. A big issue here seems to be double applications creating red flags. Some are filing themselves while not knowing their company has already filed for them. So if you were furloughed you should contact your company to make sure they have done so before you try to file yourself. That will help the process along.

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    I am in Philadelphia and I filed on March 19 received a confirmation email with directions to wait for my PIN, when I contacted unemployment after three weeks they said my claim did not go thru and they are aware of the problem from that week and gave me an email to reach out to have if fixed. I sent they email on April 5th. I can't login in with out my PIN and it clearly say I have an account so I can't redo the application. And there is no way to get thru on the phone lines I have been trying for over a week every day open to close. How can I find the help I need.
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    Sleepymoon Wrote: I am in Philadelphia and I filed on March 19 received a confirmation email with directions to wait for my PIN, when I contacted unemployment after three weeks they said my claim did not go thru and they are aware of the problem from that week and gave me an email to reach out to have if fixed. I sent they email on April 5th. I can't login in with out my PIN and it clearly say I have an account so I can't redo the application. And there is no way to get thru on the phone lines I have been trying for over a week every day open to close. How can I find the help I need.

    Have you tried the online chat? That link goes to your Pennsylvania DOL chat. I know almost every state's Dept of Labor for unemployment is being completely flooded right now, and its near impossible to get someone on the phone because many of the workers aren't in office anymore. So its a terrible combo of less staff plus unprecedented claims all at once.

    The good news is once you finally do it someone to fix this technical issue, either through email, online chat or over the phone, you will get your benefits retroactively, meaning they won't penalize you for all these issues and wait times delaying your benefits.

    Also there's this -- Pennsylvania Begins Implementing New Federal Unemployment Benefits, Eligible Claimants Get Extra $600 Starting Next Week

    That's as of April 10th, 2020. Hope that helps. Unfortunately there's not a lot of help to be had outside of getting someone from the office to fix your PIN issue. Just keep trying through email, online chat and over the phone and you will eventually get help. Just can't say exactly when. Hopefully within the next few days.

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    Texas
    Texas is not waiving its one week waiting period. They suggest you call in at staggered times of the day, depending on your area code. Typical wait time from application to getting benefits is usually four weeks. That's under normal circumstances. So expect it to be at least several days or maybe a few weeks longer than that.

    Texas update: Gov. Greg Abbott has instructed the TWC to waive the first waiting week requirement.

    The waiting week is the first payable week of an individual’s claim for Unemployment Benefits. Under normal circumstances, TWC cannot pay for the first week of a claim until an individual receives two times their weekly benefit amount and returns to full-time work or has exhausted their benefits. However, by waiving the waiting week, Gov. Abbott has provided the opportunity for TWC to provide immediate relief to Texans who need it.

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    To continue with this updating per state, here are some updates for filing for unemployment in California:

    California
    They have waived the 7-day waiting period:

    Waiting Period – The 7-day waiting period is waived for claims beginning on or after January 19, 2020. After you submit your first two-week continued certification, you will be paid for the first week of your claim.

    Work Search – You are not required to look for work each week to be eligible for benefits.

    They are also keeping call lines open later and hiring more workers to help with all the applications:

    On Friday April 10, Gov. Gavin Newsom directed the unemployment agency to keep call lines open until at least 5 p.m. The EDD is is extending its call center hours from 8 a.m. to noon to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m beginning April 20.

    And as for wait times, the normal wait time is 3 weeks but is taking even longer now.

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    I read that the New York state's unemployment system collapsed today due to the large spike in claims and overuse of the system. Even though they hired for the expected flow and upgraded where they could, they're still having these issues. Makes me wonder what's going on in states that don't have systems up to par with New York. I'd imaging they already had at least a decent infrastructure in place to handle alot of people, but this is unprecedented.

    Not much word on how they're going about fixing it or how this has impacted the wait time just yet, but Gov. Cuomo said, "I get it. I get it. And we have 1,000 people working on it. We have Google working on it. And we have all these experts working on it. They are trying to bring up a system that did a much, much lower capacity."

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    Does anyone know anything about Arkansas? It has been three weeks since I have started filing ever Sunday and I still haven’t been paid. I exhausted my benefits but, under the cares act I’m for certain they was suppose to extend benefits. Any answers would be greatly appreciated because I can’t seem to find any help on the matter.
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    D96 Wrote: Does anyone know anything about Arkansas? It has been three weeks since I have started filing ever Sunday and I still haven’t been paid. I exhausted my benefits but, under the cares act I’m for certain they was suppose to extend benefits. Any answers would be greatly appreciated because I can’t seem to find any help on the matter.

    You are supposed to get an additional 13 weeks of state benefits from the CARES Act changes. And an additional $600/wk on top of state benefits until July 31st. Problem is, the state isn't able to say when they can get to your application.

    Right now thousands from Arkansas seem to be in your same situation, waiting weeks without any response.

    Struggles filing for unemployment continue in Arkansas

    This article doesn't even give an ETA unfortunately.