When Do Unemployment Benefits Get Deposited? Answers by State

Unemployment payment schedules vary by state. Your state may pay benefits weekly, bi-weekly, or use a combination of weekly and bi-weekly disbursements depending on the applicant.

Regardless of how often your state disburses benefits, you must file a claim or certification online or by phone before you receive your unemployment payment for each period. (For example, if your state pays weekly, you’ll need to get certified each week to verify that you are still eligible for benefits.)

When it comes to unemployment payment methods, most states allow you to either set up a direct deposit to your bank account or receive a prepaid debit card specifically for your unemployment benefits. Some states offer paper checks as an option as well or may mail a paper check for the first unemployment disbursement while your direct deposit or debit card is being set up.

For unemployment payment deposit details listed by state, see below.

Unemployment Benefit Deposits by State

We viewed official unemployment documentation from Departments of Labor in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to compile the payment details for each state. Find the payment frequency, time frame, and method of each state’s unemployment payment in the table below. You can sort the table by clicking the arrows at the top of each column.

Note that none of the states have a set deposit time for bank accounts or prepaid cards (such as midnight or 8 a.m.); the deposit time will vary depending on when you complete your weekly or bi-weekly reporting and how fast the department is able to process your disbursement.

State Weekly or bi-weekly? Payment Dates Payment Method
Alabama Weekly Day after weekly certification Direct deposit or AL Vantage Prepaid Benefits Card
Alaska Bi-weekly Five days after filing bi-weekly certificates Direct deposit or debit card
Arizona Weekly Next business day after the prior week's claim processes Direct deposit or debit card
Arkansas Weekly The second day after you file the weekly claim Direct deposit or debit card
California Bi-weekly Within 24 hours of submitting certification Direct deposit, personal debit card, or EDD Debit Card
Colorado Bi-weekly Two to three business days after submitting the bi-weekly claim Direct deposit or prepaid debit card
Connecticut Weekly About two days after filing the weekly claim Direct deposit or debit card
Delaware Weekly Up to two days after filing the weekly claim Direct deposit or debit card
Florida Bi-weekly Two or three days after the bi-weekly claim processes Direct deposit or debit card
Georgia Weekly About two days following the weekly claim Direct deposit or debit card
Hawaii Weekly or Bi-weekly Three business days after the claim processes Paper check or direct deposit
Idaho Weekly About three to four days after filing your weekly claim Direct deposit or debit card
Illinois Bi-weekly Two to three business days after weekly certification Direct deposit or debit card
Indiana Weekly Two to three days after filing the weekly voucher Direct deposit or debit card
Iowa Weekly Two to three days after filing the weekly claim Direct deposit or debit card
Kansas Weekly Within five business days of filing the weekly claim Direct deposit or debit card
Kentucky Bi-weekly Two to five days after filing the bi-weekly claim Direct deposit or debit card
Louisiana Weekly Three to four days after filing the weekly claim Direct deposit or debit card
Maine Weekly Within 48 hours of weekly claim approval Direct deposit or Maine Automated Payment Card
Maryland Weekly By 5 p.m. the next business day after filing weekly Paper check or Maryland Unemployment Insurance Benefits Debit Card
Massachusetts Weekly Two business days after filing the weekly claim Direct deposit or debit card
Michigan Bi-weekly Two to three days following the bi-weekly certification Direct deposit or debit card
Minnesota Weekly Five days or less after filing the weekly claim Direct deposit or debit card
Mississippi Weekly Within five days of weekly certification Direct deposit or debit card
Missouri Weekly Next business day following weekly claim Direct deposit or Missouri Access Mastercard debit card
Montana Weekly or bi-weekly Within two days of claim processing Direct deposit or debit card
Nebraska Weekly Within two or three business days of weekly filing Direct deposit or debit card
Nevada Weekly Within 48 hours of filing weekly claim Direct deposit or debit card
New Hampshire Weekly Five days or less after filing weekly claim Paper check or direct deposit
New Jersey Weekly Within two full business days following weekly certification Direct deposit or prepaid debit card
New Mexico Weekly Within three business days after filing weekly claim Direct deposit or New Mexico Unemployment Insurance Visa debit card
New York Weekly About three business days after weekly certification Direct deposit or debit card
North Carolina Weekly Three business days after weekly certification processes Direct deposit or debit card
North Dakota Weekly The next business day following weekly certification Direct deposit or Way2Go prepaid debit card
Ohio Weekly Within three business days of weekly claim processing Direct deposit or debit card
Oklahoma Weekly Within two to three days of filing the weekly claim Direct deposit or prepaid debit card
Oregon Weekly Two business days after weekly claim processing Direct deposit or debit card
Pennsylvania Bi-weekly One to two business days following the bi-weekly claim Direct deposit or debit card
Rhode Island Weekly One to two days after weekly claim processes Direct deposit or Electronic Payment Card
South Carolina Weekly Two to three business days following weekly claim processing Direct deposit or debit card
South Dakota Weekly The next business day after weekly certification Direct deposit or Way2Go prepaid debit card
Tennessee Weekly Within 48 hours after weekly certification Direct deposit or Way2Go prepaid debit card
Texas Weekly Within two business days following weekly certification Direct deposit or debit card
Utah Weekly Two or three business days after weekly reporting Direct deposit or debit card
Vermont Weekly Within three business days of weekly claim filing Direct deposit or debit card
Virginia Weekly Within two business days of weekly claim processing Direct deposit or Way2Go prepaid debit card
Washington Weekly Within one day of weekly claim filing Direct deposit or debit card
West Virginia Weekly Three to four days following the weekly claim Direct deposit or debit card
Wisconsin Weekly Up to three days after weekly claim filing Direct deposit or debit card
Wyoming Weekly Up to five business days following the weekly claim Direct deposit or debit card
District of Columbia Weekly Within two business days after weekly filing Direct deposit or debit card