Unemployment Benefits FAQ
How long will it take to get my unemployment benefits after I file?
5. How long will it take to get my unemployment benefits after I file?
The federal Department of Labor's website says that you can expect your first unemployment check two or three weeks after you apply, as long as you submit all of the required information, and no follow-up is necessary. In some states, there is a waiting period (one week is typical) between the time you become unemployed and when you are eligible for benefits. This means you won't receive any unemployment compensation for the first week you are out of work.