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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.