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Government Shutdown Impact on Unemployment Benefits

By October 16, 2013

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If you're collecting unemployment and concerned about what will happen with your benefits because of the federal government shutdown, The Washington Post reports that "Funds to help states administer unemployment benefits could get disrupted."

Given that states are already borrowing from the federal government to fund regular state unemployment benefits (the first 26 weeks of benefits are funded by the state; extended benefits are funded by the federal government) it appears that some unemployed workers aren't getting funds in their account or are getting notices that their account is on hold.

However, there should currently be funding available for UI state and federal benefits, so benefits could be delayed for other reasons than the shutdown. For example, processing delays are being reported for some states due to a high volume of claims and/or computer system upgrades.

Unemployed Workers Not Receiving Benefits

Each state may have a different plan for how to handle the shutdown. We have reports (see comments) of extended benefits being cut off in some locations.

Other states are continuing to pay benefits as scheduled, at least for now. If there is a change in benefits for your state, it should be announced on your state unemployment office website. Check there for updates on unemployment benefits in your state due to the shutdown.

If you aren't able to apply for benefits or haven't received yours, or if you have information for your state, please add a comment below. So far, we have heard from unemployed workers in Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, Alabama, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Texas, New York, Washington and California.

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April 13, 2011 at 10:02 pm
(1) jay says:

I’m on a Fed Ed ext. The government put in a “stopgap” to make a votewill this stop the Fed Ed checks?

October 1, 2013 at 2:01 pm
(2) Amber says:

I am just curious, I have an Appeal scheduled for a re-determination of benefits. I have been trying to contact an advocate since last week but uia was “updating their computers”. Today they were supposed to re-open but every time I call I get a recording saying “unfortunately, there are no agents to take your call at this time. Please hang up and try your call again later”. My court date is in 2 weeks and not obtaining an advocate is not reason enough to reschedule. Any insight on this? I am in Michigan if that helps. Thank you!

October 1, 2013 at 5:33 pm
(3) Shaanon says:

Well I put in my claim yesterday as usual and today when I was supposed to get my payment after 8am, there was $0.00. On the Arizona unemployment website there is nothing stating we will not get paid. But when I log in to my account, it’s not showing that my account was paid as it usually does. It shows nothing! No one is telling us anything and no one is answering the phones. PRETTY AWESOME STUFF!!!!

October 2, 2013 at 6:05 am
(4) Nisha says:

Shannon I live in Louisiana and I am having the same problem. I have not received mine today as usual either. It said that unemployment wouldn’t be affected but thats not true. I always have my money around 12am and mine too says 0.00

October 2, 2013 at 3:22 pm
(5) mark says:

I live in Illinois an have the same problem really ticking me off!

October 2, 2013 at 6:40 pm
(6) Dave says:

I live in Illinois and got my check on the 30th but it says my balance is zero and cant get anybody to take a call.

October 3, 2013 at 9:42 am
(7) Alicia says:

I’m in Michigan and having the same problem. I went on the UIA website and logged in and there is nothing, It doesn’t even say in my history that I have ever certified. I called Marvin to inquire and it said my payment was sent yesterday but I checked my bank account this morning and there was nothing and when I call the UIA help line it gives me a busy tone.

October 3, 2013 at 10:58 am
(8) Andre says:

I suppose to received payment today minds is saying suspended

October 3, 2013 at 12:07 pm
(9) jesse says:

I live in michigan did my claim online on tuesday and was supposed to have a deposit today they even show it was submitted and woke up today no money :/ not sure whats going on !!

October 3, 2013 at 1:04 pm
(10) craig says:

I am in Michigan, same issue, certified Tuesday was told I would receive my paymnent next business day its Thursday and nothing. I got bill collectors calling like crazy already over payments due on the 1st

October 3, 2013 at 2:55 pm
(11) smiles says:

Hi All, I live in Illinois also and I’m having the same problem…no money disbursed into my account. been on the phone all day trying to seek help but no avail. Let’s pray that this thing gets cleared up soon.

October 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm
(12) marky says:

i called too on tuesday nothing this morning and i cant get thru to talk to no one im in michigan

October 3, 2013 at 8:40 pm
(13) jackie says:

Hi, I live in Tuscaloosa,AL and haven’t gotten a payment in a month, and phone lines always say high call volume please try your call later and all of this happen before the shut down, and my account says not paid. Month later I get a letter talking about keeping up with job search. Pissed to the max, not going to keep calling each week, hope to get me a job real soon. They can keep that little change it’s not enough to pay my light bill, just enough to keep gas in the car to go job hunting. Blessed by the people around and the man up above, he sees and hear all. Pray about

October 4, 2013 at 7:52 am
(14) Sara says:

I live in illinios did in online claim on Sunday and it says its still processing ugh this is really messing people up big time

October 4, 2013 at 9:40 am
(15) Gary says:

My UI account which is now covered by federal unemployment shows money was credited as always. Unable to access the funds. State uplink gives NO information……

October 4, 2013 at 12:04 pm
(16) Matt says:

Just tried in Massachusetts; Their website says ‘current week status: hold” and then ‘no payment’. Nothing has changed on my claim, and if there were any issues I would have been notified. I’m assuming this is from the gov’t shutdown

October 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm
(17) Jason says:

I live in Illinois and am having the same problem as others have mentioned above. I submitted my certification on Monday and, as of Friday, have yet to receive my unemployment benefits for the week. I normally receive my direct deposit on the Wednesday following my certification day. I’ve sent two emails to IDES and have yet to hear back. Calling the number results in a recorded message that says all lines are busy and to call back. I don’t know what else to do at this point. I’m so very frustrated by this!

October 4, 2013 at 1:28 pm
(18) Victoria Hooper says:

I have not received my UCB today and it is always there first thing Fiday morning after my certification on Wednesday. I live in Illinois.

October 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm
(19) lorene Hardin says:

I live in Ohio applied for my benefits two weeks ago and its still pending!!! no answer from the toll free number either what is going on?????

October 4, 2013 at 3:26 pm
(20) RP says:

I’m in Nevada on EUC- Claim says filed successfully and no money still.

October 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm
(21) Beth says:

I’m in Washington State, filed normal weekly claim and no check this week either. Website says it will continue to pay benefits for a few more weeks, and the phone number says to call back because of high call volume. Very frustrated with the situation.

October 4, 2013 at 6:06 pm
(22) joe junker says:

I am still on my regular benefits claim and I fill out my online form sunday night and the money is always on my card by tuesday night. NOT SO THIS WEEK, it is Friday and I have not receive my $. Thanks to my government it looks like my rent check is going to bounce. So that means a $150 late fee from my building and the bank will also have to impose their fee. I cannot remember when I last bounced a check. Thanks a lot folks I am so glad you all represent me. NOT!!!!!!!!!!

October 4, 2013 at 6:57 pm
(23) Nanette Lopez says:

I reside in California and I put my claim in as usual on Friday 09/27/13 as I usually receive my money at 12am Tuesday morning and up until now I still have not received my money its Friday 10/04/2013 its now officially a week . My rent is due and my manager is not very understanding. the government needs to stop all this mess. people depend on this money for housing, food, etc. if the government is still getting paid for this shutdown they should at least donate some of there millions of dollars they have to help the American people.

October 4, 2013 at 7:14 pm
(24) Joe Junker says:

I am in California, I filled out and submitted my online claim form this last Sunday night and the $ always shows up on Tuesday, well it’s Friday and no $ yet. It looks like I cannot write my rent rent check, so I will get a $150 late fee, I do not want another fee from my bank. Thanks to my government, I am so happy all those gents are representing me. NOT!!!!!
Here is a question, are they taking a pay hit? Hmm I wonder.

October 4, 2013 at 8:05 pm
(25) Joe Junker says:

Question: Since I will be getting a late fee for NOT paying my rent on time ( $150 ) due to not getting my unemployment check that I have paid into for 30 years now, and because the local, state, and federal governments have misappropriated those funds knowingly, can I send a bill to … take your pick, EDD, state government, federal government, committee for the government shutdown for the $150?

October 4, 2013 at 11:06 pm
(26) Wendy Dreese says:

having the same problem…im in Arizona and filled Tuesday and still waiting..which I’ve never had to do..checked the site and theres nothing stating why..

October 5, 2013 at 2:57 am
(27) albert.clements says:

our goverment needs to stop bigering.if our country does not have the money to fund the affordable care act Obama needs to think real hard before puting our county in debt that it cannot pay.

October 5, 2013 at 9:41 am
(28) Tony says:

I live i mass…did my telecert sunday as usual….money in account by tues….not this week still waiting…..hmmmm

October 5, 2013 at 11:54 am
(29) Mo says:

I live in New York . Same problem… Filed last Sunday still haven’t gotten a release date. I’m extremely posses seeing as I depended on that money these next couple weeks. Wwhen you call the toll free number the first thing said is unemployment benefits will be exempt from the shutdown… So why are we not getting our money?

October 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm
(30) Rob says:

From Rhode island…certified on Monday said accepted…Still no money…no info on website…pissed.

October 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm
(31) jackie says:

In Az, on a federal extension. Online it shows that I was paid on the 1st of October, I was not paid. No further information is posted.

October 7, 2013 at 12:39 am
(32) shawn says:

I live in Michigan same here no money in my account from uia this is bad had to call on Monday but Marvin was down so I had to call thursday it said it was accepted but no money

October 7, 2013 at 1:04 am
(33) joe says:

Same in Tx my husband made his claim and nothing account showing $0.00 balance, best thing to do is jeep job hunting, and Our prayer going God Bless us all..

October 7, 2013 at 8:26 am
(34) Carmen Armstrong says:

I certified on Wednesday 10/2/13, answered all questions like I usually do every other week and was told more information is needed. My money is always deposited by Friday. When I go on the website it shows a 0.00 balance and says “non-monetary issue”. Here it is Monday, still haven’t received my pay and my rent is past due. I’m in Michigan by the way.

October 7, 2013 at 10:38 am
(35) Jessica says:

I have tried to claim my weekly benefits for several days and I keep getting an error message that my claim cannot be processed. I am in New Jersey. I have tried via telephone with no success. It hangs up as no one is available to answer my call. This is ridiculous.

October 7, 2013 at 11:40 am
(36) Sue says:

For all of you having a hard time getting an answer over the phone, try going to your nearest Career One Stop (most of those are still open despite the government shut down). They should be able to assist. You can find your nearest One Stop by going to http://www.servicelocator.org/ and entering your location on the left side of the page.

Hope this helps!

October 7, 2013 at 11:49 am
(37) John C. says:

California here, its been well over a week since I mailed in my bi monthly questionnaire and still 0.00 on my account. Unable to get through to edd. Selling stuff on eBay to make extra $. Been applying for jobs left and right, about to dip into 401K. Don’t want too, but what else is left. Have mortgage and bills due. What a Country, what gratitude folks in DC are doing. Fix it NOW!

October 7, 2013 at 12:02 pm
(38) Kt says:

Ohio has been affected

October 7, 2013 at 1:19 pm
(39) James says:

Having the same problems in Arizona. The last two claims I’ve filed (which coincides timeline wise with the government shutdown) have been unpaid citing “active issues”. I’m active in my job searches and correspondence with potential employers. So I’m unclear as to what issues there could be on my end and therefor have to assume it’s something on theirs.

As previous commenters have already stated, there is no message on the Arizona Economic Department of Security’s website warning us of any such delay in benefits and it’s also worth reiterating that it is IMPOSSIBLE to get through on the phone. Seriously, don’t even try. They will not answer, they will not put you on hold. They will send you to an automated message that will disconnect your call. Your best bet is to email them, although I have not heard a reply as of yet.

Sorry for the length. I just wanted to share my experiences in hopes that someone will see it and think “hey, that’s happening to me too”. Thanks.

October 7, 2013 at 4:31 pm
(40) z says:

In Missouri here. Filed by mail on Monday last week just like I always do (i’m a full time student), always receieve my benefits on my card Thursday afternoon, nothing. Here it is a week later and i sent out another claim today even though I still haven’t gotten the one for 2 week previous.

October 7, 2013 at 7:10 pm
(41) Naomi says:

I live in Ohio and I always get an email on Monday stating that my claim was received. I also get on the website every Monday and it tells me that my payment is processed. This week it says nothing. I checked the state website and they say unemployment benefits will not be affected by the government shutdown. I wish this was true, but it is not seeming to be true. Can’t the government get their crap together. You can’t ask questions because nobody is working. This is ridiculous.

October 7, 2013 at 7:37 pm
(42) Unemployed in CA says:

Here’s a great tip for everyone trying to get through via phone. Use the most random foreign language line. In California we have one in Vietnamese. I always get a human on that one. They speak English. Just sit through all of the prompts (which you may not understand) and then keep pressing ’0′. Or listen to the English phone tree write down the prompt numbers then call the most obscure language line offered by your state. (Spanish is probably used too much so go for the Asian languages if offered.)

I live in California and was supposed to be “automagically” switched over to the Federal unemployment extension. I just maxxed out the state benefits. It’s been about 4 weeks and nothing from EDD, so I refiled online. We’ll see. Been applying for many, many jobs, many interviews. No job yet. Am almost out of my 40s and I work in tech. It’s tougher for those of us in upper management I’m guessing.

I’m also selling stuff on eBay. Luckily my husband has a great and safe job and we can just “get by” on one salary.

Hang in there folks – and let’s just vote all of our congresspeople OUT OF OFFICE next time. This is disgusting and embarrassing.

October 8, 2013 at 10:48 am
(43) kelly ramsey says:

We’ve all been spat on and slapped in the face it’s simple.

October 8, 2013 at 10:53 am
(44) Shane says:

I’m receiving extended benefits, mind you I still have a balance, and I checked why my payment was delayed on the website, and the amount says 0. No issues to explain anything. Tried calling and the IVR keeps hanging up on me…classic.

October 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm
(45) Lisa says:

For those in Arizona, did you receive the notice about the change in what bank they’re using? Effective October 1st (2013, of course) Chase bank was no longer going to be used and instead, they were using Bank of America. The change was due to Chase charging enormous fees for usage–and coming out of funds that while nothing to sneeze at (any little bit helps), that $5. processing fee each time you use the debit can hurt. Also, contact the governor’s office and ask to speak with whatever department handles DES Unemployment. My husband, who lost his long-time job in February did exactly this and has not had a problem getting through on the phone again. Instead of dealing with snotty, rude customer service, he gets to talk with two very nice, polite, and professional women that are both a “Liason” from the governor’s office to DES. But again…check to see if you have the BofA debit card and if your payment is on there. Remember…this change of banks went into effect October 1st. Good lucky and prayers to each of you!

October 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm
(46) Elyse says:

My money hasn’t been released either. The New York State Unemployment website has no information at all.

October 8, 2013 at 6:21 pm
(47) aaron says:

I had applied for benefits and my claim HAS been approved. the ui website indicates that I have funds that I hVe been paid. however, I never received a card in the mail at all. cant call the ui telephone number because.I never created a PIN. every option on the ivr asks for a pin. I dont know what the heck to do at all!!!

October 8, 2013 at 7:08 pm
(48) alt says:

California here, I filed for unemployment in 9/27/13 and got no information yet and I tried to call and nothing. My bf moneybisnt enough for our rent and bills, I’m afraid to be going on the street when my servance moneyvruns out. I need this money! My boss even said he would approve it! Does the government rewlky want people onbthe streets with no money, no jovs? I have been applying for jobs everyday and job fair and no response back. Im screwed,,,

October 8, 2013 at 8:36 pm
(49) squish says:

California, Sacramento
Filed EDD Tele-Cert Sunday and always had my payment by Tuesday morning. Well its Tuesday evening and my account says 0. I have bills to pay and a child. Single mom looking for work & this is a scary place to be in right now. I haven’t had any issues until today besides the last shut down which took 8 days after using EDD Tele-cert to arrive. How can we tell that EDD has received certification?

October 8, 2013 at 10:22 pm
(50) FLBEACHGIRL says:

I am in Florida and am on Tier III of Fed. benefits. I put in my
claim on October 3, 2013. My account says the benefit was
dispersed but there is nothing in my account yet. I can’t get
through to anyone on the phone either. Just recordings….

October 8, 2013 at 10:48 pm
(51) Robin says:

I am in Massachusetts and I got my check on time and my account says up to date. I am so sorry for you all. I know how hard it is to go without a check

October 9, 2013 at 7:17 am
(52) pattie says:

I’m in New Jersey and just went on to file my weekly claim and it’s not even taking me to the website. Just says the website is unavailable. Good Lord!!!! What are we all supposed to do??? Can’t feed my children or pay any bills yet these ahole law makers are living free, clear, and comfortable. Makes me not proud to be an American!!!!!!!!!

October 9, 2013 at 8:16 am
(53) Tamekie says:

I live in Illinois and I haven’t received my payments either. I can’t believe this is happening! As if it wasn’t bad enough that we were unemployed…now this!

October 9, 2013 at 8:30 am
(54) Terryll Rex says:

I am in Pennsylvania. Last filing I only received 1 week and this filing have received nothing. I received no notification, no explanation, nothing. I called the number for info and it is all recorded and it says I have $580 left, equaling 4 weeks, yet I am receiving nothing.

October 9, 2013 at 9:57 am
(55) Afkak says:

I’m in PA and my husband was supposed to get his yesterday and there is still nothing today.

October 9, 2013 at 10:13 am
(56) Andrew says:

In Michigan my wife was laid off August 29th and applied for UIA the next day. She did receive a small severance on the 13th of Sept which we were informed made her not eligible for the first two week period of her unemployment, but since then there has been 3 weeks we were not given benefits for. Everything on the website just keeps saying pending. Thank God we had a few bucks aside to cover bills or we would be in serious trouble. She has since become employed again so hopefully it will just appear one day I guess. When she finally reached someone she was told that they were overwhelmed and had yet to enter the information regarding her severance which was causing the issue. I also read elsewhere that it can take up to 7 weeks for people when they first apply. This is a case of a business being bought out and shut down so there was no dispute.

October 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm
(57) Diana Walker says:

I live in las Vegas and I was suppose to get my payment and I haven’t gotten anything and the phone system is going straight to busy signal. No one is saying anthing.

October 9, 2013 at 2:28 pm
(58) Paulina says:

Hi, Im in AZ, single mom, first time ever on unemployment. I’ve been waiting for my unemployment deposit since the 7th, its already the 9th and nothing. My benefits payed page said that it was payed since the 7th but my bank has $0.00 deposits made. I just found out about the “shut down” . Getting worried now, but hey, good thing the big guys are still getting their paycheck….

October 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm
(59) Malcolm says:

I live in OH I filed my weeks and it tells me it cant recieve my claims.. i have called everyday this week it goes from a constant busy to ringing up to 6 mins when i hang up .. this is rediculous… somebody light a fire in washington … there is no need… maybe we need new management… (as i have said since before the election this time)… oh to be rich and have a government paid housing and all the benefits to go with it while .. others starve and go without.. Thats . the American way…. *disgusted*

October 9, 2013 at 6:52 pm
(60) Chandra says:

I live in Washington state and my husband is on unemployment. He claimed on the site, as usual and come Tuesday, no money. That was one week ago. His balance says 0.00….this is our only income. Many applications sent out and interviews but nothing yet. Have no way of paying our car payment let alone the rest of our bills. And unemployment wasn’t supposed to be affected by the government shutdown?…yeah, right.

October 9, 2013 at 7:25 pm
(61) Kathleen says:

I did not receive my check today in South Carolina and my balance for this week says ZERO. No notification on the website or explanation.

October 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm
(62) Debra Tollefson says:

My daughter and I live in Michigan, we both were laid off from the same company. We heard Marvin tell us our claim cannot be processed because they need more information yet another person that worked with us got her benefits today ??? No reason, just they need more info.

October 10, 2013 at 10:06 am
(63) Joanna says:

Supposed to get paid today in IL but the deposit hasn’t been made yet. Hoping it comes in soon, I have bills to pay! Website says nothing, and when I called in an automated message stated “Due to the federal shutdown, we have extremely high call volumes and cannot answer your call at this time.” Might have to go into the office!

October 10, 2013 at 10:29 am
(64) jerry says:

I am in Illinois and having same issue. No payment has been made to my account. Website says my certification is still being processed. It always been in my account like clock work. Maybe congress should hang on a string waiting for their pay..jerks

October 10, 2013 at 1:20 pm
(65) Bob says:

No problem in Massachusetts. Just got my check as scheduled for the federal EUC08 Tier 1.2 program.

October 10, 2013 at 3:17 pm
(66) Amy says:

Received my last payment (1 week) on Sept. 7th for UC. Received eligibility notification for EUC in the mail 3 days later and promptly faxed it back. Website shows I was accepted into EUC program and then abruptly stops. 4 weeks overdue in Pa for EUC. Can’t get through on the phones. Website says UC and EUC payments will be not be affected by the shutdown but WE sure are!

October 10, 2013 at 7:34 pm
(67) michael says:

I live in Pennsylvania,I was suppose to get my benefits Wednesday but never received them.called today and they said they couldn’t tell me anything. Anyone else having problems in Pennsylvania?

October 10, 2013 at 9:46 pm
(68) Wendy says:

Arizona call 866-213-4074 or the regular 800-432-1000 and they will connect you, thats why balances say 0 on the chase card.hey switched to B of A 10-1-13 and there was no letter, email or web notification so I called and there set my money so I was able ti get B of A to reverse fees, eat and pay bills! God is goid! I assumed the shut fown effected me andcmy child support had been sitting on there as well! I hope this helps, the b of a CSR rep answered as soon as I pressed 0! They were nuce enough to order a new card and Western UNION me my money in 15 minutes. Prayers for e eryone God is Good

October 10, 2013 at 9:51 pm
(69) Ed says:

California extended benefits tier1 not received as usual. No notices appear on Cal EDD website.

October 10, 2013 at 11:11 pm
(70) yari says:

I live in Florida and so far i havent recieve 2 checks. Thats almost a month without getting paid. I also cant get a hold of anyone because of the system update. Its ridiculous how they didnt inform or prepared any one for this. Some people have no other income but this. How could they be so selfish and not tell anyone. just wrong!

October 11, 2013 at 3:06 am
(71) eileen says:

I am in Pennsylvania. I filed my biweekly claim on Sunday. Nothing deposited yet . What is going on?

October 11, 2013 at 9:12 am
(72) Robin says:

I am on extended benefits for federal for my unemployment. I filed on time and normally receive my benefits Friday morning. I woke up to no money being deposited into my account. I haven’t called yet because the Illinois state office isn’t open yet, but I am willing to BET it’s because of the government shut down.

October 11, 2013 at 3:58 pm
(73) India says:

I’m in California but am getting federal benefits since I exhausted my first 26 weeks. I Have not been paid or gotten any notification about my benefits for 3 weeks. Trying to call but can’t get through. Sent an email and no response.

October 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm
(74) Emanuel Saragosa says:


Maxing out my credit card is nooooo funnn… I’m hurt financially and emotionally by this.. Not having money to get to my next job interview, worrying about rent.. I have to fork out of my credit card n it’s nearly maxed out.. Will THEY PAY INTEREST ON OUR CREDIT CARDS SINCE IT’S THEIR FAULT???? I’m totally on the edge.

Ventura COunty, CALIFORNIA

October 11, 2013 at 6:31 pm
(75) Emanuel Saragosa says:



October 12, 2013 at 3:26 pm
(76) rhaniroo says:

I’m from Cali and I 2 haven’t received n e thing since Sept. can’t get no one on the phone. I thought the mailman threw my claimform away til I read all of ur comments. SMH. So do we make a personal appearance to get answers or wut.

October 12, 2013 at 8:05 pm
(77) Laura says:

Not only have i not received my payment, but for the past month i haven’t been receiving the correct amount. I also have been getting letters that completely contradict other letters that have been sent. I have been consistently receiving claim forms, and am going on my second extension, but i received a letter stating i had to file a new claim. 2 days later, they sent me 5 different letters. 2 said they filed the extension and it was granted (which contradicts the letter saying i needed a new claim), then a letter stating it was am invalid claim due to my income, but at the bottom it said it doesn’t apply to extensions. NONE of this makes any sense and i don’t see an end in sight. Everyone is suffering! Does anyone have an idea on how far behind they are in processing claims?

October 12, 2013 at 9:26 pm
(78) Paul B says:

I’m from Washington state, my weekly claim indicates it has been process and payment has been sent Oct 6. It’s now Saturday and I have not seen my benefits. This has never happened before

October 12, 2013 at 9:47 pm
(79) Eric says:

Mass has not had a effect of the shutdown yet if your claim says hold that means you’re claim hasn’t been approved I submit Sundays n get paid Tuesdays

October 13, 2013 at 3:53 am
(80) gina says:

California here, same darn thing. Put in my claim a week later I have my money, it’s been two weeks now. Tried to find out what’s going on, I get the computers are backed up or slow, or something stupid. We all know it’s from the shut down. Just not cool. I have bills, food, kids. Not cool

October 13, 2013 at 11:00 am
(81) steve richards says:

California here. I mailed in my claim form on Monday Oct. 7th, and just like normal that Friday Oct. 11th, I received the money in my account. But I have read some comments that said for a certain amount of time the state pays it then after a certain amount of time the Federal Government pays it…??? Is that correct?? So maybe because I am still receiving the money from the State is the reason I still received my payment on time with no problems.

October 13, 2013 at 11:06 am
(82) Steve R says:

California here. I mailed in my claim form on Monday Oct. 7th, and just like normal that Friday Oct. 11th, I received the money in my account. But I have read some comments that said for a certain amount of time the state pays it then after a certain amount of time the Federal Government pays it…??? Is that correct?? So maybe because I am still receiving the money from the State is the reason I still received my payment on time with no problems. My claim form is due to come in the mail tomorrow according to the schedule but tomorrow is a holiday so Tuesday it should be here, hopefully no problems…

October 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm
(83) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Even though extended benefits are paid by the federal government, payments are made through the state unemployment system. Here’s an update from California EDD which may impact some claimants:
<a href=”http://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/Federal_Unemployment_Insurance_Extensions.htm”>http://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/Federal_Unemployment_Insurance_Extensions.htm</a&#062;

October 13, 2013 at 11:28 am
(84) Peter C says:

I live in NY and I am unable to certify my benefits today, Oct. 13, 2013.. Is anyone else having this problem as well?

October 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm
(85) Rob says:

I live in New Jersey and I put my claim in on Thursday and I still haven’t received anything, my rent is past due thanks to the government and its now sunday. Somethings gotta give

October 13, 2013 at 5:01 pm
(86) Jessy D says:

Mass resident here… As of last week, i exhausted my state benefits (even though it says on my account that I am eligible through March 2014) and today when i went to certify, they said I had to apply for the Tier 2 extension. Can’t wait to see how long it takes for them to approve me and deposit funds to my account. :(

October 14, 2013 at 1:47 am
(87) Jessica says:

I just started getting unemployment. I got all my back pay the week before last and filed like I always do on Sundays. I did not get my check for last week. I tried to call and it said they couldn’t answer my call due to a high volume of calls. I tried again and got the same recorded high call volume. I have a feeling I won’t get one this upcoming week either.

October 14, 2013 at 6:31 am
(88) john says:

john here in Ohio. I filed my claim at the beginning of the week before last week. no payment issued no correspondence notices nothing. it sucks being left in the dark while the bills keep stacking up. rent is due car is due. come on feds wth do we pay your for?

October 14, 2013 at 7:15 am
(89) Lisa says:

There was no link to file for my weekly voucher yesterday and still isn’t there…???? It says it is still open and i have money remaining but no voucher to fill out.

October 14, 2013 at 10:23 am
(90) Leena says:

NJ here. I tried to file online yesterday and I got a message saying my certification could not be processed and call to certify. Tried again today and the same thing. I called the numbers provide to certify by telephone and I can’t get a live person. Bills are piling up, no food, no gas and short on rent. I don’t know what to do!!

October 14, 2013 at 5:41 pm
(91) Bird says:

I live in LA, California and it’s been about month since I received any payments from EDD. You cannot contact them because they are always busy. I haven’t even seen any claims forms coming in. Guess we are screwed for now. FML

October 14, 2013 at 8:52 pm
(92) Tameka Albert says:

I live in South Carolina and filed my claim for this week usually I receive my payment today, but nothing has been paid to me. When i check my account the payment was deducted off my remaining balance but I have yet too receive it. What is really going on. I have bills to pay and a family to take care of the government shut down but they didn’t shut down the bill collectors. A warning would have been nice.

October 14, 2013 at 11:44 pm
(93) tamardancer says:

I am in Idaho and been unemployed since the 28th of August. I have only received 1 week’s deposit. They owe me over 1K and when I call, they say it is delayed and to call back next week. My power & phone will be shut off the end of this week. What a mess!

October 15, 2013 at 1:05 am
(94) Graydon Whitecotton says:

I am In Columbia, SOUTH CAROLINA I have at least 6000 left in my online portal for withdraw but I have received NOTHING I am FURIOUS as today was the last day for me to pay back a loan without getting fined over 1000 dollars, Thank you to the United States Government!! I HATE THIS! I am better off just moving back to the UK and getting out of this awful and narcissistic controlled presidential country. not one positive thing will come from ‘obamacare’ mark my words, not one positive thing. I went into literal withdraws as Blue Cross Blue Shield randomly out of the blue decided to not pay for a prescription medicine I have taken for over 8 years every day and this medicine is a Benzodiazepine, I had to be taken into the hospital and don’t even get me started on the cost of that. I have never had so much go wrong in one year in my entire life on this earth. And yes obama will go down in the history books but not for a good reason, for literally ruining thousands upon millions of lives. I am enraged.

October 15, 2013 at 6:47 am
(95) keith says:

Well last week I didn’t have a problem receiving my benefits, but it seem like this week is going to affect me. I filed Last week on Sunday and got paid Tuesday as always I think because the shutdown happen Tuesday that the only reason I got my money

October 15, 2013 at 7:21 am
(96) wilson says:

they cant deny that the unemployment rate is not above 9%, they are having their own problems within the government itself. they just dont wont to pay those extra tiers to those who are about to exhust their benefits, or either they just dont have the money and still continue on lieing to the public.

October 15, 2013 at 9:56 am
(97) Jeff says:

Washington state here: Filed weekly certification online on Sunday October 13. Checked online Monday Oct 14 and message says payment was issued on Oct 13 and it shows my remaining balance. Usually receive direct deposit on Tuesdays and have never had a problem but my bank balance shows no funds deposited.

October 15, 2013 at 11:14 am
(98) Jeff says:

Washington here update: I was expecting a direct deposit today for last weeks unemployment benefits but no funds were direct deposited to my account. Hope this helps someone out there but found out after stressing about it a lot that yesterday was a bank holiday so direct deposit will be a day late!

October 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm
(99) kathy says:

MA unemployment benefits were hard enough to get started and last week’s payment (10-8-13) says “on hold”. I filed as usual for this week and the site said paid and deposited but there is no payment again this week and I cannot reach anyone on the phone (74 minutes I waited). Is this typical in MA and is it due to the shutdown? The website doesn’t offer any information and I’m really starting to panic despite having some savings. Thank-you for any information or any other phone numbers I can try.

October 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm
(100) Rita says:

I filed on Monday,Columbus Day, in Illinois. I checked online today and there is no action on my account yet. I will check tomorrow and see if any check is being issued. I sure hope an agreement is reached soon.

October 15, 2013 at 9:26 pm
(101) Walter Cobb says:

Same thing in North Carolina< last week I was short 145 dollars, filled my claim on sunday, money is usually in the bank monday, still not there

October 15, 2013 at 11:05 pm
(102) stev pankia says:

The federal shutdown will not affect payment of regular UC, EUC or TRA benefits.
I’ve received this notice from the PA UC payment center and have received this bi-monthly direct deposit.

October 16, 2013 at 3:27 am
(103) ashley says:

Im experiencing the same thing I’m in Illinois and I have yet to receive my cash

October 16, 2013 at 7:41 am
(104) Sam says:

NC resident on PA unemployment, worked on drilling rigs up there for a year. I’m on out of state unemployment and EUC tier 2. Filed on Sunday as usual, started to sweat it last night cause I’m usually paid by 10pm, but there was a delay due to Columbus day and I got paid at roughly 115am, full amount.
Now I’m just worried about my military disability compensation and my gi Bill being paid next month. I’m on 90% and my family relies on that money.

October 16, 2013 at 9:21 am
(105) Stacey says:

I’m in TN. I filed for my weekly cert on 10/13/13. The UI website shows that my cert was accepted and shows a mail date with the amount deducted from my balance. Usually my direct deposit hits on Tuesday mornings. I knew it would be a day late because of the holiday on Monday however when I checked this morning the deposit still wasn’t showing. You can NEVER get a human on the phone here and the only option is to mass email our state/local reps. There was an article in the paper yesterday that the state dept of labor just furloughed 400 people.

October 16, 2013 at 9:52 am
(106) Peggi Jacobson says:

My son is in Colorado and hasn’t gotten paid yet either. His says “postponed”. He can’t postpone his payments!!! This is just so wrong! Why can’t the politicians lose something, then maybe something would get done!

October 16, 2013 at 10:30 am
(107) David Avitia says:

Well my unemployment did not arrive as well but I checked the website and it said that everything was going to be okay as scheduled so the only explanation is that it will be delayed because of Columbus Day a holiday just letting all people from Illinois know I am from Streamwood Illinois close to chicago basically a suburb thank you and God bless you!

October 16, 2013 at 10:56 am
(108) Mrs. Douglass says:

Monday was Columbus day! Any time there is a Monday holiday it delays the payment by a day. I know it’s worrisome but your payment should hit by tomorrow morning.

October 16, 2013 at 11:59 am
(109) Dale says:

I am from Illinois as well, I filed my online certification on Monday and have not seen anything. Hopefully this gets fixed soon. I am guessing with the government shutdown the people working are a tad overloaded. Tell them to hire me and more people so people don’t get shut out!! LOL

October 16, 2013 at 12:55 pm
(110) Misty says:

I filed for unemployment in Michigan on September 17,2013…two days after I received Monetary Determination which stated I was eligible. It is now a month later and certified for the second time with Marvin on Monday 10/14, and still no payment, and I haven’t even received anything else in the mail. I have called numerous times…however can not get through due to high call volume. I am going crazy..not knowing what is going on. I have also sent them messages on the website, and also have no response.

October 16, 2013 at 1:22 pm
(111) renee says:

Hmm thats interesting . u ppl think u got it rough try waiting almost 2 months to try to recieve unemployment . I havent gotton 1 check and i had the interview over the phone at the beginning of Sept. So I’ve basically been waiting awhole month. Ive had to borrow money from relatives to make ends meet with promises of paying them back with my backpay of unemployment.

October 16, 2013 at 7:38 pm
(112) Mike says:

IL Unemployment direct deposit late! I’m going to be on the street if they don’t act NOW!

October 17, 2013 at 8:55 am
(113) Jennifer says:

I am in Florida. I can’t even claim my weeks today and am getting hung up on when I call the call center!!!

October 17, 2013 at 10:45 am
(114) nathan says:

Well my sister got played yesterday from her job they took out taxes government isn’t that shut down. Ive been waiting for a week now for my unemployment benifits I live in California.

October 17, 2013 at 10:45 am
(115) Carol says:

Im in Florida and I cant even file a claim like I normally use too. This shutdown needs to shutup so we can get back to our lives.

October 17, 2013 at 11:56 am
(116) Broke in CA says:

My husband I are both on unemployment (luckily I start a new job next week) and neither of us have received any money in over 3 weeks. Very frustrated in California and not getting any answers.

October 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm
(117) michael from dc says:

i filled like a normal week on sunday now its thursday and i havent received anything yet it still havent showed that the payment went threw ive been calling unemployment and due to the government i guess no one answers the phone the operator just hangs up on you so what do i do

October 17, 2013 at 4:39 pm
(118) Lisa from Florida says:

I filed using the new Connect site and that took almost close to an hour after I had to download an “older” version of IE because Chrome and the higher IE are not supported.

During the process it continued to timeout and give error messages. I would have to refresh and by the grace of God it picked up where it left off so I did not have to refill out information.

I am on the Federal Extension, and as of 4:30 PM it still shows pending. In the past I would file in the AM and by 2 PM it would show the payment was processed and in my account by the 2 PM the next day. Not sure if this is due to A) the new system B) backlog because of the new claims of C) the government shut down. NEVER GOING TO GET THRU THE PHONE LINES – although they claim over 350 additional workers were hired to assist. Hope it updates overnight and payment hits tomorrow.

October 17, 2013 at 6:19 pm
(119) Eddie says:

I filed for unemployment in CA over a month ago, Finally received a statement saying how much I will be given each week, and have yet to receive a payment. The funny part, Child Support was deducted on 10/08 from a payment I have not yet received?!

October 17, 2013 at 9:01 pm
(120) Kristen says:

I was laid off in April after working and paying taxes for the past last 27 years. I started receiving unemployment in July 2013 and by October 2013 my benefits have have been cut. I’ve tried to re open my claim by calling well over 100 times everyday and going on line to many times to count. I even set my alarm to apply at 4am after a hour of trying to apply I gave up and went back to bed. I tried to contact EDD by email but that didn’t work either.
My kids would like to eat. Thanks EDD!

October 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm
(121) WorriedIL says:

I live in IL my checks have been cut 16.8% a week because of the government issues. If I certify Monday and don’t receive anything I don’t know what I am going to do. All that I have left is praying one of the places I interviewed is going to finally hire me. Can’t believe they are cutting my checks that are so small already by 16.8% every week. My family is going to starve and be homeless at this point.

October 18, 2013 at 5:41 am
(122) Lenon Davies says:

I collect Michigan unemployment. Seasonal worker for the past 10 years. I called Monday… Went thru like normal usually it would be in my account the followingrTuesday night at around 11:30…here it is Friday at 6 am and still nothing….. Anyone know any answers?!

October 18, 2013 at 8:58 am
(123) jenny says:

i live in fl and i only got paid 1 week and my balance is still showing 0

October 18, 2013 at 9:13 am
(124) yanibabi says:

I live in Florida and should be able to claim my weeks. However when I check the status it says disqualified which is wrong I should be qualified still… Please help

October 18, 2013 at 11:51 am
(125) Veronica says:

From Illinois and experiencing the same as everyone else. Should have received my benefits Wednesday and no clue as of yet. I was hoping it was due to Columbus day, but at this point i’m freaking out.

October 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm
(126) Christine says:

yanibabi, I am having the same issue. I live in Fla and the new Connect website is saying that the 2 weeks I claimed on the 15th are disqualified. I went to the OneStop (after calling unemployment office dozens of times to no avail) and they couldn’t help. I am on the verge of tears. I did everything the site told me to. I just don’t understand. I am calling the local paper and my congress people, that is something I can do.

October 18, 2013 at 3:15 pm
(127) Lisa from Florida says:

UPDATE: Received the following message this morning on the new Connect site….my weeks were claimed, and it finally updated but not sure when the funds will be issued. The lines are busy and this is a VERY broad date range. Normally, I file Thursday, funds hit by 3PM on Friday.

A payment was issued to you on 10/18/2013. It will take several days for this payment to post to your debit card

October 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm
(128) cheryl griffin says:

i live in maryland and i havent received a payment in 3 weeks i have BILLS to pay i need my $ asap thnk u

October 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm
(129) skipperj says:

Lisa I’m in Fl. and it says the same thing as yours “several days to clear”

October 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm
(130) jplucien says:


October 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm
(131) mike says:

I received a notice back in August that I was a eligible for tier 2 unemployment benefits starting Sept. 29 here in Mississippi. Then I received a notice that payments would not be paid since Congress has not approved extended benefits. I was thinking that the non payments was from the government shutdown. The Ms.dept of unemployment said to keep on with your weekly certifications even no payments will be paid.
Now the government is open. I wonder when they will start paying weekly benefits here in Mississippi?

October 19, 2013 at 8:59 am
(132) tinkerbell says:

I’m located in Wisconsin. I have not received an unemployment check since 9/30 and that check was half of my usual benefits. Wondering when I will begin receiving payments again? Money is TIGHT while I’m in the midst of waiting……

October 19, 2013 at 11:56 pm
(133) Reaves says:

Live in Florida, and I claimed two weeks, but they only counted one, and stated that it would be several days before payment. I literally called 200 times and never got through. It stated that all representatives were busy and disconnected the call.

October 20, 2013 at 8:16 am
(134) AngryinNC says:

I live in North Carolina, and I collect TAA benefits. I called in my weekly payment on Monday (Columbus Day) and now it is Sunday, and I have yet to receive a payment. It usually comes on Thursday, but it did not, nor did it come Friday, or Saturday. If it doesn’t show up tomorrow, I don’t know what I am going to do. We are out of food, and I have 1/8 of a tank of gas, and I have a job interview on Tuesday that is 60 miles away. There is no reason for this. It is pathetic.

October 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm
(135) Stacey says:

I have gotten my benefits every week even during the shutdown except for this week. I got no notification as to why. I have not missed any appointments to have my funds held back from me. Considering it’s the only money I get, not receiving it has put a damper on my bills and necessities and has put me further behind than I already was. It’s quite frustrating!

October 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm
(136) Toni in MS says:

Been trying to file my weekly claim all day today and it appears as if the link is broken or something. Cant get the login page to pull up to save my life! Just wondering if anyone else from Mississippi having this issue. AND to MIKE in MS just to let you know I have actually been receiving my benefits up until this point without interruption. I had no problems during the shutdown. So u may want to call and speak with someone (during mid week when call volume is lower) if your still not receiving ur benefits. If anyone gets any new info on the MDES system… Please let me know. IT IS SO FUSTRATING WHEN HARD TIMES REIGN AND THE ONLY THING YOU HAVE TO FALL BACK ON IS WHAT THEY GIVE YOU…. JUST ENOUGH TO SURVIVE.

October 20, 2013 at 2:23 pm
(137) Vega33 says:

I live in ca. On webcert it says my current weeks have been submitted. My period end date for that claim was 10/12/13 it is now 10/20/13 and my webcert since 10/17/13 has said issued but when I call BofA to check balance and edd to check balance they both say I have $0.00. Am I just waiting for the govt to pay me? I just don’t know why it would say payment issued but I never got anything?

October 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm
(138) donnie says:

i live in kentucky, getting the euc or emergency unemployment. i use to, under regular unemployment, get a letter informing me of eligibility review needing to be done. i had not received one in the past couple weeks. now it is time to claim check and i get message needing to do eligibility review, the site says my eligibility is closed. during the shutdown there were no dates listed on my account.

October 21, 2013 at 4:03 am
(139) Mary says:

I’m in NJ and didn’t get paid last week. I was able to speak to customer rep on the phone and she said I was suppose to receive my payment no later then Saturday and it’s Sunday and I still haven’t received it. It’s scary how bad things are looking I’ve never seen things get so bad. It’s scarier too when you have children who depend on you. I have been looking for work for months and have been to two interviews and no luck. I pray to God and am faithful that everything will turn out ok.

October 21, 2013 at 11:30 am
(140) steffani says:

filed late, thursday, should have had it this morning. NOTHING!

October 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm
(141) Jennifer says:

I live in Illinois and have been experiencing same issue. Last time I received benefit payment was two weeks ago today on 10/7. I re-certified for my benefits on 10/17. Still nothing. Every time I call into the unemployment office line, I just get a busy signal.

October 21, 2013 at 4:26 pm
(142) Patrick says:

I live in Illinois and am having the same problems as everyone else. I called my local office and got the same recorded message that call volumes are too high and to call back later. I dont understand how ‘call volumes are too high’ when they arent answering ANYBODY. I havent read one comment that’s stated they’ve gotten through and have been able to talk to somebody. This is wrong…

October 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm
(143) Denise says:

WOW! I live in Illinois and have not received my funds! First Rahm Emmanuel puts me in the damn CHOW line, now the CHOW line has given me the SHAFT! Amazing.. Unfortunately, things will become uglier before CHANGE happens. Guess I’m going to jail, I have to feed my family.. signed, PISSED with my hands tied!

October 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm
(144) Neil says:

I live in Illinois as well. Still no payments to my debit card as of yet. Been calling nonstop into the office but, no luck. The line tells me too many callers and hangs up on me. Hope this is fixed soon. If not I don’t see how I’m going to manage till I find a job.

October 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm
(145) April says:

Ugh…I was supposed to receive my payment today but I keep checking my account and nothing! I went to go check on the unemployment website to check my claim status and to view my payments..and its saying that my claim has been processed and they issued half of my check but how come I don’t have it in my bank. I usually get paid today and now I have to put more bills on hold..lovely…is anyone having the same issue???

October 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm
(146) Florida says:

Very very Frustrated………….No money…No answers only that there was a glitches. Nothing else pathetic losers don’t care about anyone But their own Self!!!!!! Very freaken Pssssssst Off!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm
(147) maria says:

From Florida very frustrating!!!!!!! Where is my payment! !!!!!!!!!!!!! Government is so screwdriver up!!!!!

October 22, 2013 at 5:08 pm
(148) donna says:

I’m still trying to get unemployment. I filed my first appeal the last week of september (online). It had to be dated by oct. 10. Government saying they didn’t get my appeal. I’ve called and called and get a promise that they wil call me in 24 hours, but they never call. Don’t know what to do now.

October 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm
(149) lily says:

I got my one week payment today, 2nd week was a waiting period since I reopened my claim. Though I filed back on Sept 16 and just got it today. I suggest emailing them through the website, someone responded on a Saturday too. I also told them I was not able to certify for the last 2 weeks online and I finally was able to certify today for weeks ending 10/5 & 10/12. CA is updating their system so that’s why its taking so long for us but I dont know about other states.

October 22, 2013 at 10:59 pm
(150) Misty says:

I have emailed the Michigan uia 3 times and have yet to hear back. It has been 5 weeks since I have filed my claim.

October 23, 2013 at 6:56 am
(151) Renee says:

In mass here and the check status line says my account was paid and I always have it tuesday morning and now its Wednesday and still nothing……Anyone else in mass havin g problems???????

October 23, 2013 at 9:24 am
(152) Steve says:


I am in Mass. as well and I haven’t received anything. When I call the number is says their system is down and to call back. I bet for sure folks who have never worked have their money. smh…

October 23, 2013 at 9:36 am
(153) Kathi says:

I went to the Career Center to try to open a new claim yedyesterday in MA & they said the system was down. They told me to try again today, but I am hearing that it remains down. I can’t get through by phone either.

October 23, 2013 at 9:54 am
(154) mike21 says:

here in mass benefit was paid but not processed still pending on wed still nothing was told system would be up today

October 23, 2013 at 10:46 am
(155) Mark E says:

I live in California and ever since I became eligible for unemployment benefits months ago I have probably tried to call EDD over 100 times. NEVER have been able to speak to someone, not even ONE time. Very frustrating to say the least. Why do they even give you a phone number to call when there is no chance anyone will ever take your call? I have sent e-mails and gotten responses in a fairly timely manner but the e-mails I have sent in the past three weeks go unanswered.

October 23, 2013 at 10:59 am
(156) Vasquez George says:

Just looking for some answers.
The government shutdown is no longer a valid excuse.
I am starting to think that I should press for a congressional investigation on CA.EDD.
There are too many Americans being ignored on their simple questions; where is their payment?
Everyday that goes by that entitled people do not get their unemployment benefits, they fall deeper and deeper into the financial hole. Their Bills piling up on their night stands. having to pay late fees.

Please provide the service that many are counting on, and tells them where their and my payment are.

October 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm
(157) AngryInNC says:

Well, I am in North Carolina on TAA. This is week two with NO CHECK, and NO ANSWERS. I called the ESC, and they said that the funds should have been released either Friday, or Monday, but they don’t know exactly. I received a disconnect notice for electric yesterday. I have $1.81 in my checking account, and I have no idea if I will get any money this week either…I think it is pathetic.

October 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm
(158) K.Turner says:

I live in maryland its been 3 weeks so i started googling scents i seam not to get threw nd started questioning weather or not wear consider federal but i could have sworn wear state but whatever so broke

October 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm
(159) peterson says:

I filed on Monday at 7 am. The system gave me a total. Now today Wednesday I haven’t received a dime. When I go to the website it says the payment is processed however still nothin in my bank account. Its hard enough being laid off but not getting paid when your supposed to is ridiculous. Of course you can’t reach the unemployment line, not sure why they even have a line to call in especially since you never can get through. I live in Michigan just wondering if this is a system problem or just a issue with just my case?

October 23, 2013 at 2:08 pm
(160) T says:

I filed for unemployment several months ago. I received a letter in the mail stating how much I’d receive. Following after that, I got a letter stating my ex-employer denied my benefits. So I of course sent a protest letter resulting in a phone hearing. I then received a letter stating that I had won the case, and the original determination was to be reversed. But I had my call in day Monday and still nothing. Also my online account states on the last 4 weeks under the “status” open non-monetary issue. I’m very worried and confused on this. The re-determination decision was on earlier this month. Please if anyone has went through this, or have any advice for me, that’d be great! thanks!

October 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm
(161) billybob says:

I live in michigan I was supposed to claim weeks of unemployment on oct 14 I always filed online but with new system I couldn’t no where to claim my weeks… it was a pop up on oct 2nd and I got paid those weeks but no way to certify weeks so I called on wed the 16th at my time hoping I could file weeks on appt time but it tells me I have no certification weeks or sonething luke that I push #2 it tells me I habe 5 weeks on ext 3 and no way to contact someone… sure is ridiculous

October 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm
(162) Linda says:

@peterson..I certified online on Monday with no problem but today there was no money on my debit card. When I called Chase Bank they stated that there were no payments pending. My question to the State of Michigan is where is the money? My account shows the amounts of my two weeks and yesterdays date. Nothing makes any sense. This is brutal for people living check to check.

October 23, 2013 at 6:56 pm
(163) nichole says:

Did my certufication online on monday as usual. Was supposed to get my money wednesday. Still nothing. I calked finally got through u have to call 100 times in a row to talk to someone. Said my money should be there today still nothing. Online is shows an amount and says payments have been paid. Nope they have not. Shows its still processing. I’m in mi. This is ridiculous.

October 23, 2013 at 7:39 pm
(164) John says:

Looks like I’m not alone. I also file in michigan, i file online on Monday and it is usually in Tuesday night. I noticed the payment wasn’t processed until last night around 12;30. I’m hoping it hits my account tonight. This is outrageous… Why can’t the state at least post something online. Has anyone gotten paid yet?

October 23, 2013 at 10:27 pm
(165) Cheryl says:

My husband requested his benefits for unemployment in Massachusetts on Sunday, we usually get direct deposit on Tuesday, last week on Wednesday due to the Columbus holiday. This week states PAID but status says pending.

October 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm
(166) Fireldybug1 says:

I live in Colorado, I checked my status tonight and it says POSTPONED. I haven’t changed anything and am on Extended UI. My classmate who is also in Colorado and is on Extended UI checked there account and it says APPROVED. Not sure what’s going on. Any ideas???

October 24, 2013 at 3:19 am
(167) candym says:

Filed for unemployment in New mexico 9/22/13 after being discharged from my employer of three years and Nada! Car payment due, tons of bills and nothing wait for customer service is horrific. I waited 4hours the other day before giving up. Website says hold!?? So frustrated and sad Help!!!!

October 24, 2013 at 6:37 am
(168) joejoe says:

California- I filed for Unemployment benefits on August 3rd had my phone interview 2 weeks later and since then I still haven’t heard nothing I’ve called I’ve emailed and nothing here we are at the end of October and don’t know what too do its very fustrating the least they can do is let us know what’s goin on

October 24, 2013 at 9:01 am
(169) mike21 says:

Now on thursday in mass still no deposit no phone calls are being taken at unemployment main office,requested benefit on sunday, issued still pending.

October 24, 2013 at 9:04 am
(170) ginny says:

( PENNSYLVANIA) I have filed every two weeks like i am suppose to. My last payment was for 9/21 & 9/28. It is now 10/24. I keep calling and get the run around. There is no reason why i should not be getting my payments. Now PA has certain days they want you to call with the ending of your social security number because of high volume calls.This did not happen until the federal shutdown.

October 24, 2013 at 10:56 am
(171) sammy says:

still no payment online it says paid and pending… i filed on sunday this is rediculas i’v tried callin many times and keep getting the run around im pissed off

October 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm
(172) erin says:

The automated message says the amount has been paid yet online it says pending – I’ve must of called Mass DUA over a hundred times to just hear that they are too busy to take my call and hang up on me. What is going on!?

October 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm
(173) Jackie says:

Hello, I’m in MA and still waiting for this weeks funds to be deposited in my account. Like everyone else, it says that the payment was issued but has been showing “pending” since Sunday. Called and spoke with someone earlier today and she said there was no problem with the claim, just that that the system has been down and everything’s delayed. Very frustrating!!

October 24, 2013 at 3:02 pm
(174) Dawn says:

I am living in North Carolina. I have been getting TRA payments for 3 weeks prior to the shutdown. I have not gotten a check in over two weeks. I called the ESC today, and they informed me that the TRA program has ran out of money, and they are in the process of trying to get a grant. They said that there were not any checks sent out this week, and there probably would not be any checks sent out next week either. My family, and I depend on this money, and I think that this should have never had come to this. The economy is here is terrible, the job market is non-existent, and now I have no income in which to feed my family. I have no confidence in our government whatsoever.

October 24, 2013 at 4:41 pm
(175) John says:

My regular NJ unemployment just ended. I went online Sunday 10-20-13 to claim my first week of extended benefits, having received notice 2 days ago that I was eligible but had $0 available. I could not complete my claim. I called Monday 10-21-13 and after about a 3 hour wait was told that there was a system “glitch”, and that I was entitled to compensation, what amount the agent didn’t know, and my name would be forwarded to Trenton, along with many others. Apparently, sequestration caused the glitch, and also people on EUC claiming every two weeks instead of the preferred each week that we’d received notice to do, so everything is fouled up for some just leaving regular and entering extended benefits. I called again today, Thursday 10-24-13, and good thing – the agent again explained the glitch problem, but this time confirmed that I was confirmed for Pending Benefits for w/e 10-20-13, and to feel free to call Friday, but especially Monday to again confirm Pending Benefits for this w/e 10-27-13, and that once the glitch was resolved, or at least my case, compensation for all weeks that I could not claim on-line would be deposited to my checking account. Unbelievable.

October 24, 2013 at 5:40 pm
(176) Martin says:

I cannot claim weekly benefits on the NY State DOL website. That is since Sunday Oct 20th. I am not panicking since I’m sure they are aware of the problem. Mostly I feel bad for folks who desperately need that money flow.

October 25, 2013 at 10:24 am
(177) kenwoo says:

I live in MI. A few weeks back thw UIA sent out debit card please call this number 18665232122 my funds are on this stupid debt card. I already had direct deposit set up what a mix up.

October 25, 2013 at 10:49 am
(178) Cheryl says:

I reported earlier this week about my husband not receiving his unemployment this week in MASS. After hearing from everyone here that they too were delayed, I felt a sense of relief, because it is difficult to get through the unemployment phone lines. Finally, online this morning his DUA account said payment was processed NO longer in pending status and when I click into date which is highlighted in blue, it says direct deposit will issue on Monday, 10/28/2013. YES!

October 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm
(179) Michael McDaniel says:

I have filed for unemployment for 4 weeks. I have heard nothing. All the website post is “Not Paid”. What does that mean? They want my money every week when I work. They expect me to pay my bills with no job or income. When will I start receiving my payment??

October 25, 2013 at 12:41 pm
(180) KK says:

Online it said everything was submitted and to call Marvin this Tuesday the 22nd for extended benefits and all I got was “You didn’t have an appointment” or something of them sorts. Well it’s Friday and nothing. I can’t get a hold of anyone either.

October 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm
(181) keyana says:

I applied for unemployment on 9/03 I have not heard anything and cant get through to the I have a son I cant take care of im in California

October 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm
(182) AmnaKali says:

I live in IL and i have not received payments for last 4 weeks under EUC and no status or anyting. This is cruel.

October 26, 2013 at 3:32 am
(183) Lily says:

I commented earlier that I had to email EDD to send me continue claim forms for the first 2 weeks in October since I couldnt do it online. It finally let me do it on the 22nd and I certified for those two weeks, I checked my status today on EDD Web Cert and the status still says “Submitted” but I always check my bank of america edd card too and the money was in there. So I hope you guys check the website for your status and the bank since they are not coinciding with each other. I hope this helps someone.

October 26, 2013 at 3:50 pm
(184) mike21 says:

Up and Running in Ma. deposits to hit on monday 28th ,Good Luck everyone..

October 26, 2013 at 5:41 pm
(185) Sandy says:

@mike21- Are you saying that DD in Mass for this past week will be desposited this Monday, the 28th? I actually have 2 weeks coming to me, the website says the money was paid and processed on the 22nd but it’s not in my account. I got the reference number from the DUA, called my bank several times and was told by the “direct deposit resolution agent” with Green Dot that no such deposit can be found..when I called the DUA the agent told me to wait until Tuesday to file for a repayment and even suggested I wait til then to file this weeks claim. I’m not sure what to do and I’m getting nervous about this double payment, there’s over $500 floating around somewhere and if I have to file for a repayment, does anyone know how long it can take to receive the reissued payment? Thanks in advance for your reply!

October 27, 2013 at 11:16 pm
(186) Kay says:

Thanks North Carolina Republicans for showing how little you care for the unemployed. I filed for benefits online last Friday and tried to file a claim tonight, first online and then over the phone. The system didn’t acknowledge the input on Friday, so I went through the phone prompts which stated I would receive benefits beginning 11/4/13……which is 3 weeks after I was laid off!

It isn’t Obama Care that is causing the trouble…..It’s the politicans who are paid by big business to look after their interests. The new NC legislature has made NC the laughing stock of the country…..Although I may be unemployed, I’m going to do my best to vote those B****rds out of office and it will be another 100 years before anyone thinks about voting them in again.

I urge all the unemployed to take a hard look at the reasons why your politicans are making these policies against citizens…..especially the southern states…..Don’t believe the hype of “the government is too big” and “taking back our country” and other sayings….If that’s the case, then why are these politicans taking a paycheck….they are just living off of the government and the hype!

October 28, 2013 at 3:10 am
(187) gwen says:

Massachusetts. I have had so many problems in so many departments. I was laid off in September, finally allowed to use an alternate base period, and i receive nothing. i had to sign up with a career center and i did yet their system doesn’t record it. I call and they say that i will be paid, but i am not paid anything. its been 3 weeks that i have not been paid anything since i was approved to get benefits. I don’t know what to do :< i have called, emailed, faxed, no one answers anything.

October 28, 2013 at 10:00 am
(188) sandy singh says:

i began receiving benefits in september 2013 and when the new system came along all my info was messed up. i couldnt claim my weeks until 3 days after the scheduled date due to a system error. it took me 5 hours to reach someone on phone for them to tell me they had to send an email to tech support and i needed to check my claim in 2-3 days. i was able to claim 3 days later buit due to ANOTHER SYSTEM ERROR my payment is on hold till who knows how long! i have a daughter to support and this is crazy! i have spoken to 2 people on phone since claiming my weeks and i am told i just have to wait as claims are fixed in order as they are received. my claim has no appeals or issues with it. but bc of system errors i cannot get my money and i have bills to be paid!

October 28, 2013 at 10:01 am
(189) seng says:

Hello where did you see that the deposit would hit on the 28th in mass? I’ve checked my account this morning and still nothing. Two weeks payments says paid but still pending?

October 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm
(190) Sandy says:

@seng- I read most of the comments on this board and mike21 posted about monies being deposited the 28th. I still haven’t received the direct deposit that shows as “paid and processed” on my DUA account. I called this morning, waited on hold for an hour, finally got someone on the phone, explained the situation, they put me on hold and then I got disconnected. I called again and this time it let me leave my name and number, I’m supposed to be getting a call back when it’s my turn. This is SO frustrating! There is 2 weeks payments floating around somewhere and I’m getting nervous about this weeks payment. I filed yesterday and I’m PRAYING the money is in there tomorrow. Has anyone else out there have trouble with Massachusetts unemployment DD that was supposed to be paid out last Tuesday (10/22/13) and you didn’t receive it?

October 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm
(191) Eve says:

Hey all,
From New York here. Nothing since October 1st. I tried to call the numbers but no luck getting a human on the phone it’s always automate. I heard something on the news about them mailing out checks for the period of Gov’t Shutdown, not sure if it applies to everyone.

October 29, 2013 at 12:29 am
(192) seng says:

@sandy I have my fingers crossed as well since my last payment didn’t go thru. I’m always on the mass.gov site checking the status of payment – its says “paid” and “pending”. Also called last week on Thurs and Fri & the agent said there isn’t anything wrong with my claim/payment & that there’s just a delay due to the glitch & they couldn’t give me a date of payment because their trying to fix the issue. I also asked if I will be seeing a delay on my next pay & the agent said they couldn’t promise me anything. I can’t believe this is happening!!!!

October 29, 2013 at 11:47 am
(193) Sandy says:

@seng- UNBELIEVABLE! I finally did get a hold of a MA DUA agent yesterday…he told me the direct deposit payment from 10/22/13 should be deposited into my account today, 10/29…guess what? No money. Also I filed again on Sunday, (10/27/13), and again was told THAT payment would also be issued today, again…NO MONEY!!!! That means I have 3 weeks of benefits that was supposed to be deposited lingering somewhere and no one knows where they are! I have contacted my bank SEVERAL times with the tracking/reference number and they have been very diligent in trying to find these deposits…they just aren’t there even though, as I mentioned before, on the DUA website under my account information it shows as “paid and processed”…not “pending”, not “rejected”…I’m not sure what to do…can ANYONE out there tell me how long it will take to receive these payments if I file to have them reissued? I understand the DUA has to investigate but how long does that take?

October 29, 2013 at 2:38 pm
(194) tou says:

I JUST GOT PAIDDDDDD!!!!!!!! Sucks tho cause it’s all going to bills :-(

October 29, 2013 at 6:20 pm
(195) steven king says:

Today ; Michigan 29OCT2013 20:19hrs. 20 weeks exp 19SEP2013. and hence last pay check. been waiting since for help and not eating for daze. full pay unem too much for food stamps. been to Lansing UIA and waited 3hrs then, at 14:00hrs, police ofcr pulled tickets number roll from dispenser and gave paper for you to to give name and number so they could call you back asap. lmao . after having a cigg, and being i had a number, on reentry i was confronted with that piece of paper to leave. that was a 14:00hrs, or 2. they now close at 4 instead of 5. im taking pictures of the web site, as i have no problem with this other facebook or any other website, on my second screen of Michigan’s UIA site “This webpage is not available” …my time to log in… today, Tuesday, **-**-0161, between 5-6pm. time now… is… to click “Reload” …………………………….. Damn it, Man… to no avail :/ …………… did you ever think how this is going to look on the “BOOKS” in 2 months from now when the GOP again points the finger at DEMOCRATS???????? …. please ppl… take pics and vid of your Marvin Call In , Online UIA, MifnWaM experiences…. because “They” made it a computer “TEXT AND DOCUMENT WAR”…. my opinion is… lets keep it real and stop stealing from those that dont have money to do all that paperwork at places 50 miles from you in each direction from you and since its been 2 mths living off yur family which costs them, no gas and . hell i dont know.

October 30, 2013 at 11:03 am
(196) Bobbi says:

Michigan here. Haven’t gotten benefits since I applied 8 weeks ago, despite receiving eligibility letter. Couldn’t get through on the phone, and the PRO office jammed up. Finally called the technical support helpline and got through to a human who said there was a technical difficulty. She released my funds and with any luck, I’ll have them in 2-3 days. Try calling technical support!

October 30, 2013 at 11:23 am
(197) Misty says:

I am also in Michigan…and it is going on 7 weeks since I have filed and still nothing. All I received was the monetary determination stating based on my earnings I was eligible. I cant get through when I call…what is the tech number?

October 30, 2013 at 11:43 am
(198) Cedric says:

I filled for my extension on the phone and mailed it in 3 weeks ago but I still haven’t heard anything from EDD California at all. I called and emailed but not a word. I need it to pay my rent. It’s just me so that is what I.am relying on for more till I find a job. Don’t know what to do.

October 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm
(199) Dawn says:

Here in NC…No check for three weeks. In desperation, I drove to the unemployment office yesterday; (Oct. 29) to try and get some answers. I barley had the fuel to get there, and back. They did not have anyone available to assist me. They took my name, and number, and said they would call me. Two hours after I got home, they called, and told me that the TRA/EUC checks would be mailed out today, with back pay. I guess we will play the waiting game. I hope it is true, because I am broke, and things are going to start being shut off, and towed away soon.

October 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm
(200) Rico says:

@ Sandy I’m also in Mass and have had the most difficult time imaginable. I am now waiting on 7 (seven!) weeks of pay from Mass UI. I first applied at the beginning of September; somehow, they never received the income info to verify from my employer. So after many calls and transfers—and every time At Least an hour on hold—I reached someone in Wage Processing who let me email her my copies of my paystubs. But oh no, it wasn’t over. That was the 1st week of Oct. I filed every week, but the account still said pending. // Finally, a week ago, after another many hour session of holds, disconnects, (the Mass system will simply hang up if their lines are full, or you press a wrong key), I Finally found someone who told me it was a couple hundred dollar ‘severance’ check that stalled everything—of course, had I not asked, I never would have even known! He says he’ll push it through and I should be good by this past Monday latest. Well, by Monday, I had three ‘determinations’: Where before I’d had 1 pending one, now it was inactive, and there was a new active AND pending, each for the same amount.

// So, this Monday, I call again, and I reach another guy who explains all this—says they had to reassess my amount, and all is good. It’s all going to ‘batch process overnight’ he says. You should have it tomorrow. // Well, by ‘tomorrow’—yesterday now—nothing in my account, even though, like yours, all of my weeks now say paid and processed. So I check the detail on the payment, and although I have Direct Deposit set up, and approved, and selected, every one of them says ‘paper check’ for payment method. Does yours? I don’t care if I get 7 checks or one Direct Deposit, but this is the most miserable UI experience I could have imagined!!

October 31, 2013 at 5:44 am
(201) AmnaChodi says:

I am in IL an still waiting on payment for last 6 weeks. The government is disgusting and hypocrites are running it. I hope they suffer for a day like this and then feel the heat. All scumbags.

October 31, 2013 at 7:53 am
(202) ANGRY WIFE!!!!! says:



October 31, 2013 at 9:48 am
(203) Angela says:

I’m in Michigan and I did my first certification online on Tuesday. Everything was approved but still no money. The status says open non monetary issue. What does that even mean?!?

October 31, 2013 at 11:49 am
(204) Misty says:

I am also in Michigan and mine has said open non monetary issue for the past 6 weeks that I have certified.

October 31, 2013 at 5:51 pm
(205) Watson says:

I im on my first extention and everything was going good,until now..havent recieved my benefits from last 2 weeks.

October 31, 2013 at 5:59 pm
(206) Michael says:

Hey My names Michael. I live in Tennessee. I filed online for unemployment on October 7th. I received an email saying to certify every week and expect payment on October 29th. I check my account on the 29th. And nothing. Next day nothing. Next day nothing. I get online to report missing check and all that happens is a message saying “No decision has been made and no checks will be released.”
I called the number to see what’s happening and I got an automated voice that said “No decision has been made for your claim and no checks will be released. Please keep ceritifying each week.” Now I’m going to lose everything because I have no income whatsoever.
I was depending on this to pay bills. And obviously jobs aren’t plentiful.

November 1, 2013 at 10:22 am
(207) Jr says:

My wife was let go from a 15 a hour job. Try told her they would not fight the unemployment and that she should apply. Ok this was her first time being let go from a job never been on unemployment she’s been working since 16. And this is her first time well she filed oct 4 2013 it’s nov 1 and guess what nothing. We are in indiana and I think it’s a joke. We are barely getting by with me wrorking. Plz lets fixed this these are people with family’s. Not cool

November 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm
(208) Upset says:

For some reason I did not get my check deposited this week. It was paid but I have gotten nothing. I was on the phone for for two hours. They answered and hung up on me. Called cant get through.

November 2, 2013 at 7:32 am
(209) kim Mack says:

I too am having a problem with the MIWAM website. Ever since they did the “maintenance” in November and October of 2013 for the site, I been unable to log on successfully and without issues. I’ve been logging on up until the government shutdown with no problems. I am on my first tier of EUC and I haven’t received a check yet either. Now as it seems, I’m locked out of my online account (again). On one screen I got a error message saying call the Ombudsman office for online issues. And on another screen I’m redirected to call the 18665000017 (or AKA the “go to hell”) number to get a so-called password reset. My conclusion is that either their IT department doesn’t know what they are doing. Or someone dipped into the website money and so now we are stuck with a cheap website. My online username and password as been the same since I been on unemployment. Evidently, more than upgrades for this has happened in October 2013. I believe Michigan is counting on issues like mines so that I can’t log on and certify or view documents to sustain my case. I say this because I’m able to log on to other websites with that same password, everyday, and with no issues. So what’s up here? I am also facing homelessness if I don’t get this next payment as scheduled.

November 2, 2013 at 8:07 am
(210) tk says:

I live in Florida and its going on 3 weeks no benefits I call them almost everyday except the weekends lately I have been waiting to speak with them for almost two and a half hours at the call center just to get told it should be in your acct any day basically. I was suppose to be set up on extended benefits tier 1 but No. I am still waiting, and I am so unsure of what to do and I went to an interview last Wednesday far from my home b/c they told me the funds will be in my acct but its not so no money equals no food and no bills paid!

November 2, 2013 at 8:56 am
(211) seng says:

@sandy @rico I’ve spoke to a mass dua agent on Thursday morning he was very helpful. He sounded very positive and sure on what happened to my account. It made more sense, my direct deposit account information was affected by the computer glitch & that is why I wasn’t getting paid out. He fixed thay information so the payments would go onto my BOA debit card. Now my payment status on the website changed from “paid” & “pending” to “paid” & “processed” also with a direct deposit date for Monday. I hope this falls through, does your payment status give you a direct deposit? & also check to see if all your direct deposit information is right if so call mass dua to have them manually fix it.

November 3, 2013 at 8:04 am
(212) Vega says:

I applied on september 12 and got a month later a letter saying I wasnt disqualified havent heard anything else sense then. And I call marven and I get a ur case is pending or closed:/ yeah its pretty stupid when they dont even.know what the hek is going on:/ and Im a single mother so I realy need my money to pay my bills rent and Im in michigan.

November 4, 2013 at 8:54 pm
(213) sad says:

Michigan, applied for Tier 1 as directed by letter sent to me 2 weeks before my regular state benefits ran out.
Applied, per their directions on letter on MIwam website. Recieved confirmation # when applying on October 9th. Letter states to continue to certify but ONLINE NOR MARVIN WILL ALLOW ME TO CERTIFY AS IT NOW STATES I HAVE NO WEEKS REMAINING. New claim online states, “pending adjudication”. How can you certify if your EUC claim has not been processed. Letter states “please allow 10 business days for processing”. Its been 4 weeks.

November 4, 2013 at 10:15 pm
(214) abarnes says:

My California UI benefits were exhausted on 09/07/2013 when I was supposed to automatically go into 1st Federal EUC.

Since that time, I have only received claim forms with no communications or payments.

I kept filling out the claim forms.

Today, I received a notice of “Second Federal Extension”. My benefits were supposed to be cut by 17.69% due to the sequestration however they seem to have been cut by more than half!

Since I never got the “First Federal Extension” notice, I’m wondering if there is a mix up.

However, I can not get through the telephone lines to have my case reviewed.

To this date I have not received any benefits since early September, almost 2 months ago.

November 5, 2013 at 1:02 am
(215) Still waiting says:

I’m in California.

I filed in 10/2, got my claim award notice a week later.

I filled out 2 mail forms already with my job search log all of October and I have not received a debit card or any form of payment.

I received my 3rd mail form to log last week and this week and I STILL have not received any payment.

It would be nice to get a notice why my payment is delayed instead of sending me the bi-monthly form like everything is normal.

November 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm
(216) VeryMadAboutThis says:

Michigan here……..
I applied for benefits in mid-June, for which i was denied after 2 months of certifying through CWAM. i appealed, in which a re-determination was bypassed and went straight to an informal hearing in mid-Sept. I showed up and my employer didnt,, and after 2 weeks i received documentation that the determination was reversed to my favor, but i had to wait a month for the decision to become final, for my employer still had the chance to take it to circuit court. They did not. All this while I’ve been certifying online through their website(CWAM, now MiWAM) system which is too horrible for words, . (ive never gotten through to someone on the “go to hell” line, and ive had to fill out the yellow slip after being turned away as well).
Now almost 6 months after filing, ive still never received any payment via dd or the debit card they sent me. all weeks show on the website as certified but not paid, and my determination still says pending when it shouldn’t(its as if they just stopped checking on accounts). I’m appalled that a service this important can be ran so poorly and just put on the back burner. I owe money to so many people and enitities that it makes my head spin. Even if i find a decent job in our ghost town of an economy in the near future, i refuse to let this slide as there is close to $4000.00 in benefits that i havent received and cannot reach a single person to do anything to fix this or even make sense of it.. Any advice or solutions would be greatly appreciated.

November 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm
(217) J says:


Filed a claim on 10/10/2013. Have not received a single piece of correspondence. Have called and sent emails as well. This is not fun at all. Some feedback would be greatly appreciated as I am heavily relying on this.

November 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm
(218) Yessica says:

Two weeks keep calling and the automated phone system says they have taking calls for the rest of the days … It was only 9am!!! How can we reopen out case?

November 5, 2013 at 8:24 pm
(219) K.J. says:

On EDD and receive payment in account and atm card but have not received a payment in 3 weeks!

November 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm
(220) Ashok says:

Hi All,
I am in the same both.I have sent 6 weeks claims, 3 came back for review. i do not know where to go &update.System do not allow me.I try to call several time.same machine message,due to heavey call,try again.I hope i can contact some one &not matchine.If any one knows how to review message from UI inbox,Review ,update action & send back.It’s been 7 weeks & no check or deposit. this is also in MA

November 6, 2013 at 5:05 pm
(221) D says:


I filed my unemployment claim 10/07/13 and have not received a single notice by mail regarding my claim. So, I applied again as of today 11/06/13 since I can’t speak to a live person to confirm my first filing attempt.

What a mess! Per the unemployment website, I should contact EDD if I have not received any correspondence, but I can’t even get a hold of anyone by phone because the phone lines are very busy. And automatically hangs up on the caller.

It’s very sad when people rely on this benefit that we’ve paid into and can’t even get decent service.

November 6, 2013 at 7:11 pm
(222) Andrea says:

I live in NC. I filed my initial claim 9/12/13, received document telling me how much I would be receiving and for how long. Also received my tax withholding letter as well as direct deposit form. I opted for the state debit card which has yet to arrive. The last form I eeceived was a review only needed to fill out if status had change. I call about a month after initial claim was told my claim was in adjudication and a decision would be made in 6 to 8 weeks. Well its been almost 8 and still no word on the outcome. I call almost everyday and can’t get through and the website doesn’t give you any answers either. I been wondering if the recent shutdown has backed up the decision and if so why not send a notice out to those waiting.

November 7, 2013 at 2:59 am
(223) William says:

ILLINOIS….Certification date done on time Nov. 4th, no deposit on usual day or the day after. Life here is already hard without being able to find work. Nobody needs this. All deposits have previously been on time though.

November 7, 2013 at 2:17 pm
(224) Paul says:

CALIFORNIA…..I was certifying via telephone for the last 3 months and would receive payments on Wednesday, three days after filing, until 10/23 where my benefits were split and separately deposited. I certified Sunday, 11/3 and still haven’t received anything.

November 7, 2013 at 10:33 pm
(225) Melinda says:

I live in California, I received my benefits up to Oct 23, 2013. Like the rest of us gainfully unemployed Americans I have yet to receive any payment from EDD, its been 2 weeks. I have received 2 claim forms, which I have mailed out accordingly, AND NO PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE!! I have attempted to contact EDD during their bus hrs. 8-12,(RIDICULOUS HOURS!!!) one day calling 772 times, another 801 times, and today, 447 times!! I AM NOT ABLE TO GET THROUGH!! I resorted to sending them an email about my claim, and NOTHING!!! I thought we lived in a country that took care of their people during these hard economical times, I guess I am wrong!! How is it the government has $ for the most ridiculous needs, yet good American people who have fallen into unfortunate events, CAUSED BY OUR GOVERNMENT CANT AFFORD TO LIVE ON THE BARE MINIMUM WE RECIEVE FROM THE GOV??Yet those on welfare are still receiving money and food stamps!!! This is why crime in America is on the rise. The holidays are coming up, I shutter at what will happen if this continues!!! I guess I will have to resort to the oldest job in the book for women and turn tricks!! This matter needs to be handled sooner rather than later before our country completely crumbles!!!

November 8, 2013 at 8:27 am
(226) Heart Broken Mass Resident says:

MASS here. I first filed for Unemployment back in September. I am approaching my 9th week without first payment, retro payment or any words. I have had the opportunity to speak to a couple of MASS DUA employees last week and two weeks prior to that. I informed them that I have been waiting for over 8 weeks now for payments. Told the rep on the site that its states that my payment status is on ” Hold” and asked what that meant. The rep stated that there is a back up with State Agents picking up claims for review, and that’s why there is a Hold. The rep mentioned that it should be about 6-7 weeks for the review to be completed and payments to be made. I then informed the rep that I’m at week 8 and still I haven’t heard anything. Here it is week 9 and still nothing. Im not sure if this is typical for MASS DUA or is to be expected, but this isn’t fair for those who are waiting and heavily rely on these funds to be on time. I feel alone in this situation. Are there any other people who are in the same situation?

November 8, 2013 at 11:43 am
(227) Dave says:

Heartbroken mass res…im in the same boat this will be week 10!

November 8, 2013 at 5:36 pm
(228) AmnaPhuddi says:

IL resident no payment for EUC for 6 weeks and no news whatsoever….what a freak show

November 9, 2013 at 1:39 am
(229) Megan says:

Illinois: I called this past Wednesday, November 4th to certify for benefits. It states payment will be deposited within 3 days. I should have received payment today. I called and waited on hold for over an hour. When I finallyreached someone they told me the system was down and to call back later. I am so frustrated and was really depending on that money today. What a mess.

November 9, 2013 at 10:54 am
(230) Steve says:

In Michigan. Last time i received check was September 19.. what I have found is what they don’t tell you is when you go to find out why you don’t have your money they don’t tell you, they have you fill out the protest form… and sign. by doing this, you then hand over your rights to receive the payment by entering into a contract which puts time on the side of the state, just like their website says. it is by legal contract for those working for the state UIA to not be responsible to tell you what really would benefit you, that is up to you and they just are in business to supply you with the documentation, which is all legal mumbo jumbo and obviously has not answered any of our questions as to why. funny how this is happening just during the installation of Obamacare, and why is it that all these states except for one is republican-controlled States ( that are having this kind of problem, just like Obamacare those states are not participating) presidential obstruction? funny how Michigan’s unemployment computer was updated the same time the installation of the healthcare computer Went In! next thing I wonder why rick Snyder changed Blue Cross Blue Shield just before Obama Care went in and blue cross blue shield in all these Republican states same States, is where all the cancellatioms of healthcare plans are happening!

November 9, 2013 at 11:24 am
(231) steve says:

as the states hold this unemployment money, interest is being compound it on it, and with the recent lot changes in Michigan, my guess is that interest goes to the general fund, which will go to big business, privatizing prisons , hiring please and building a bridge to Canada, and hire more police, to protect the rich and put all of poor broke and often homeless people in jail so the cronies can collect money from our taxes at the rate of about 7,000 dollars a month with no questions asked because that’s what people think is that our politics are tough on law and so-called criminals. if everybody votes Democrats will win which is better by far than Republicans obviously!!!

November 10, 2013 at 8:58 am
(232) kimber says:

I go to file claims and I cant even fill out a voucher. It has been like this for 3 weeks/ I live in Indiana and this is very frustrating. The government shut down really screwed a lot of us. However those people continued to get paid. The USA is falling apart right before our eyes. GRRRR very very very angry!

November 10, 2013 at 9:19 am
(233) Lisa says:

I live in Florida. My husband’s last Check was Oct 18th for half the amount, haven’t seen one since. He keeps claiming his weeks and all the jobs he’s been applying for which aren’t calling him. His account says it’s on hold. He went to the one stop career center for unemployment and they said that’s all they handle, You cant even go to unemployment in person for this issue! He’s called for 3 weeks. He either gets a message that they can’t take his call, or someone will pick up in 25-30 min and a hour and a half later on hold He gets disconnected. We have 2 babies to feed and rent to pay. It was hard enough to pay bills with the unemployment check, now what are we all supposed to do? This is happening all over, and they are letting it happen and getting away with it. I’m so worried and don’t know what to do at this point. Very Angry!

November 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm
(234) Lynn says:

NJ here. I received a letter saying I qualified and met the eligibility for EUC benefits after my regular benefits ran out however the max benefit amount showed $0.00 and I went online it said to wait for a letter when to claim and the amount I was eligible for. That was back in Oct around the 20th. Haven’t received anything and have tried calling several times which is unsuccessful as it says due to high call volume bla bla bla.

Awesome system. I’ve worked my entire life, never used unemployment and was fired wrongfully for exposing a disgusting practice and now I am blacklisted and can’t even claim unemployment. Oh but welfare checks are sure coming to those welfare recipients many of whom will never work a day in their lives.


November 12, 2013 at 2:10 pm
(235) Pascoe says:

Texas is finding mutual ways to deny my benefits. The TWC Claims they have mailed requests that I never received.
This is typical of my experience with the TWC.

The mail arrives the day after the deadline to appeal.

Texas currently wants money back yet has denied benefits for 8 weeks. I have a FAMILY as a disabled, Single FATHER with a 17 year old and two young men 23 & 24 finishing their PhD’s this is a bit past critical.

Texas TWC seems to make sure I am homeless by the end of the month.

Kindness always,

November 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm
(236) christy says:

Another Michigan resident here. Filed August 4th and still pending adjudication. Sent congressman Mike Rogers a letter.

Disgusted in Michigan

November 14, 2013 at 10:02 am
(237) Jasmine says:

I live in Florida and it’s been almost 2 months and I have not received any of the weeks I claimed. I tried calling the unemployment line and they keep saying they are busy and try your call later. Is there anyone/advocate who can help??? I was really counting on that money to help me pay my bills until I find a job.

November 14, 2013 at 11:10 am
(238) clay says:

I have been checking on my pending status everyday, I checked yesterday evening around 6pm and it stil said pending. I called the next day Nov 14 2013 and it says I was paid almost 3k in benefits but it is not in my account.

November 14, 2013 at 5:05 pm
(239) AmnaGushti says:

IL EUC tier 1 8 weeks and no payment and no answers….

November 15, 2013 at 12:28 am
(240) Eve says:

NY. Nothing for the past month and half. Tried calling the number but never a human on the line always automate.

November 15, 2013 at 6:29 am
(241) Maria Livingston says:

TX and NM Unemployment Insurance do not answer my calls since November started. ZERO balance is causing a major crisis. GOD helps us all.

November 15, 2013 at 7:57 am
(242) Jocelyn Blair says:

I am in Florida and after having Unemployment recoup my benefits for a 5 year old overpayment, I am receiving my benefits, but not like I was before this new “Connect” system. Its already bad enough that they changed the date I claim my weeks without notifying me, now they have changed the date the funds are available. What ?? Already I would have to wait until the next day, after three oclock to have benefits post. Now I have to claim my weeks on Thursday and I wont get my funds until Monday. This is ridiculous. Once they changed the date I claimed my weeks I made arrangements on my bills, now I have to wait two business days ? Which means I have to wait until Monday. This is ridiculous. I have worked consistently since I was 16 years old. I am finally returning to work December 2nd but it would be nice to have my benefits in a timely fashion so that I can get my affairs in order before I begin my new work at home job. I am trying to find out who to reach out to , to try and change things back to the way they were. My daughters birthday was 11/12 and my Dad is throwing her a party Saturday but due to this change I will not be able to contribute or possibly unable to get her there. SMH !

November 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm
(243) Julie Smith says:

I see 3 chks that have passed through. I have not recd them.

November 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm
(244) Julie Smith says:

Whats happend to our money. Can’t pay bills or buy food. At least we deserve some kind of answer. Tried the phone several days. correct times. It disconnects you.

November 19, 2013 at 8:47 am
(245) Erica says:

Florida here, I have been unemployed for 8 weeks. Two weeks were denied and I have six weeks on hold. I have called several times but never get the chance to speak to anyone.

November 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm
(246) Veronica says:

I don’t know what is going on, i can’t get through the lines at all. What are we to do? Rent and bills are coming up, i have 3 children to take care of…. I had a message to call before the 25th or i will not receive my uemployment benifits i have been calling, no answer! This is very irritating.

November 19, 2013 at 5:46 pm
(247) R.S. Hughes in California says:

This is just ridiculous. I payed in to UI this is not welfare! I want what is owed to me, nothing more and nothing less. Filed over a month ago and still nothing. Time to start writing the Gov.,everyone needs to write their Gov., power in numbers and whatnot.

November 20, 2013 at 11:00 am
(248) disgusted in NJ says:

From NJ…this is the 6th week I tried to claim my EUC benefits and needed to speak again to their representative.
Last week was told that they had someone working in their office who has permission to release checks and that I should be getting deposited into my account on Friday or at the latest Saturday of last week…no money received.

November 20, 2013 at 3:26 pm
(249) Colleen says:

I have filled and i have at least 10 weeks on hold. I live and floridaand it sucks because i have a son to take care of :(

November 21, 2013 at 8:16 am
(250) Robert says:

Arizona..come on Arizona!!!
I’m still waiting for my Emergency Benefits to arrive. Its been 6 weeks without a check, the online filing system does accept my weekly claim though.
Whats going on????

November 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm
(251) Devon H says:

I live in IL and am new to receiving benefits and I’m having the same problem. It says the benefits have been issued but balance on the card says zero. I already certified. No one has answers.

November 23, 2013 at 12:14 am
(252) Chantel-Florida says:

In Florida- based off of what I have read from others, it looks like I am not alone on my payments being on “hold.” Going on six weeks now with no payment and unfortunately it seems there is no resolve in sight. So frustrating that this Government system has failed us!

November 25, 2013 at 7:24 pm
(253) KC in CA says:

Applied on Oct. 4th and still waiting!! I am dying with 2 kids & a vanished ex that is 4 months behind on child support….OMG!!! This is beyond critical!!

November 26, 2013 at 12:20 am
(254) Patricia says:

I filed on Oct 21 I got my letter stating what I qualify for. Now here it is Nov 25 I dont have any money yet. Cant ca them. This shiii is getting ridiculous. I cant even cook dinner for my five children. I dont know what to do. This is my firstband worse thanksgiving ever. Thank you Tennessee unemployment service.

November 26, 2013 at 4:22 pm
(255) Christy says:

Sent a letter to my congressman and my governor. I will send one every day. Everyone needs to send a lot of letters!!!!!

November 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm
(256) bonnie says:

I got laid off with a group of people. I’m in the state of TEXAS NOV 4TH was my last day working. My account says it was processed on nov 18th and my first 2payments say 0.00 ….,. My money is suppose to be on a chase debit card. which i haven’t received yet. i called chase and they said they don’t have my information yet and that my info should have been sent to them a day after it was processed by the unemployment office. How can i go to any interview without money for gas or food or money to wash my clothes!

November 30, 2013 at 3:58 pm
(257) Brandi says:

My husband applied for unemployment back in August and benefits still have not been released. No one can gi be us an answer as to why.

December 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm
(258) Jessica says:

I have been unemployed in Florida since October 4th. I have not received a payment!! I call everyday to sit on hold for hours at a time & I’m told that they are having system errors. The customer service people have sent an email to IT every time I call but it seems to never get fixed! They have also transferred me to over 10 supervisors but it just goes to a voice mail & I never receive a call back! Beyond aggravated!!! Do I need to go to One Stop personally for them to help??

December 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm
(259) jessica says:

im very confused because I got held back a whole month on my payments. I got my check bout two weeks ago and they only gave me a payment of two weeks. Does anyone know how I can get my back pay of a months worth or am I just not going to get my 4weeks of checks back?

December 4, 2013 at 11:45 pm
(260) Scott Nickell says:

I have been reporting in every week like I am required to do. Have been for 12 weeks now and still have not received my first CHECK!!! Fixing to lose everything that ive worked so hard for….. haven’t been able to talk to anybody. Don’t know how to find out if anyone knows how much longer it may take or if it ever Will!?!

December 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm
(261) Howard says:

I’m still on my original UI claim (not an extension), and my payment is 2 days late. I need the money to pay off looming debt, and rent.

December 5, 2013 at 11:52 pm
(262) Patricia Aranaloyo says:

I receieved my check five weeks late in October, but in thanks giving I filed claim on the 26th november, and were told on tuesday I’d see my check. The florida news said that the website crashed and now who knows when I qill get my check. I need pay rent and car

December 6, 2013 at 3:53 pm
(263) David J says:

I live in California i applied got approved they told me they’d send me a Benefits card. I still haven’t received it not any money coming in my bills are late My daughter who is in College barely gets to eat she stayed here to help me with her mom while her mom was sick. we’re starving and bills are piling up and EDD says it was sent and still haven’t gotten anything. <b>HELP!</b>

December 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm
(264) Christy says:

I recommend calling your governor and senators offices and seeing if there is anything they can do to help you find the answers you are looking for. I called everyone I could today and they took down my info and said they will look into my case. I will repost if I get any answers through them. I am waiting still and today is day 122 for me.

December 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm
(265) Christy says:

The Agency is working diligently to modernize our phone and computer systems which have been stretched to the limit by system modifications for changes in the unemployment insurance program,” UIA Director Steve Arwood said in a statement to MLive. “Efforts are on track to implement the new systems by September 2013. The Agency will then be able to significantly increase the level of service we can provide to our customers and employers.”

Here it is December 2013 and the people still cant get a damn human being on the phone through UIA. The people are still waiting MONTHS for even a decision on their claim. Day 123 for me. Mr. Arwood needs to lose his job and get to the back of the line!!!

December 8, 2013 at 9:05 pm
(266) karla says:

I filled my claim oct 27 and to this day I have not received my $$$ this is crazy. Wat the hell is going on. A lot of us people r dependong on these checks. I have bills to pay. I’ve also tryed contacting the unemployment representatives but can’t get threw for the past month im also from California. This is really pissing me off. I just hope I get my benefits soon.

December 10, 2013 at 3:42 pm
(267) Lydia says:

I live in Florida, I became unemployed at the end of August. I was receiving payment for part of September and the whole month of October, then all of a sudden for November, they gave me 1 weeks payment and I now have 5 payments that show HOLD. When I look at my eligibility online it says eligible. They claim the reason they stopped paying me is because they showed that there was more than one person receiving unemployment benefits in my home. There is no one else here but me and my 3 kids and my disabled husband non of which have ever received unemployment benefits, and if there was someone else that had claimed unemployment, what would that have to do with me. They requested a copy of my DL and a second proof of identity, but will not let me know who has used my address. I believe this is just there way to hold back on having to pay anyone, they will come up with anything. I have no one else to turn to for help, I am constantly looking for work and have not had much luck, but should be able to rely on the resources we are supposedly given in case these issues arise.

December 11, 2013 at 3:55 pm
(268) kelly says:

I live in mass and i filed on the 8th and still no money. it says hold, not paid. I dont know why some have gotten theirs and some didn’t. I do everything im supposed too. :(

December 11, 2013 at 8:29 pm
(269) Lucy says:

Glad I’m not alone in not receiving my u/e benefit check this week. :-( ( Received it last week on Dec. 3rd for week ending Nov. 30th, but it’s like I filed Sunday Dec. 8th on time and have yet to receive a check. Very, very frustrated!! A tip for those of us who live in WA state..Make sure if the U/E TeleCenter is busy, make sure you hang up and Keep calling!! Work Source told me this other day when I tried to call U/E and it said busy due to high call volume, I picked up the phone & tried again & eventually—after 20-25 minute wait, got thru to a real person! Don’t give up calling them! I have to call tomorrow because I need to know why I haven’t got my check yet!!

December 13, 2013 at 11:14 am
(270) chuck williams says:

I live in Florida I claim my weeks 2 weeks ago I still have not received my payment. Its time for me to claim my weeks againg I don’t know what’s going on I call unemployment I was on hold for 2 hours. A rep pick up I finally got through I been trying for days now. The rep told me my payment is on hold and unemployment have not yet made a decisions to process the week that I claim. my next question was what will be the time frame for unemployment to make the decision the rep said theirs no time frame no telling when they will make the decision but it should be soon. The rep said theirs multiple people going to same situation so don’t worry and just wait and still claim your weeks. I’m soo over this crap I have two interviews I’m just ready to land a gig and get off this crap they pay when they want if they want and how they want and theirs nothing we could do about it. Dictators

December 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm
(271) Tiffany says:

I have been waiting 10 weeks for Michigan Unemployment to make a decision on my case. When I do get through to them after several days and several times a day of calling, I am told that they are still making a determination. I have sent out 4 messages through the MiWam portal and zero response. I have done everything I am supposed to do. Why is there such a long wait for determination??

December 18, 2013 at 9:30 am
(272) elizabeth says:

i was approved for uc benefits and later told rejected. i had to wait one month to appeal, one month+ later won the appeal and was told it would be another month before i would receive any money. it has been 4 months with no income. I’m in Pennsylvania.

December 19, 2013 at 11:48 am
(273) jesus medina says:

I live in fl and apply for benefits but they denide me and when i called they said they messed up i do qualify for it. She said she was going to send an email to get it change but Its been since the begining of November and i keep doing my claim as regular but still says disqualify. I havent recieve any money i called again and they told me by monday my money will get diposit so monday came and nothing called Tuesday and she said that no one can tell me when exactly because some other department handels that and all she can do is send another email and it should take 14 days to get a responce. So i asked her can i get the number to that department and she said she did have it so i asked the name of it and she said she dosent know it then i ask for a supervisor and told me that the supervisor cant do anything to help me. Everyone i speake to keeps giving me a hard time. What should i do. Next week i claim again and i still havent received anything.

December 19, 2013 at 1:19 pm
(274) ricky tran says:

from nc, said my payment was processed and received of the 16th, so i check my card and it was 0.00 balance.

December 20, 2013 at 2:55 am
(275) Bob says:

I ran out of room. …continued. My local office reviewd my job search form and hire assessment executed form. This is because I started EUC benefits recently. They just said to continue certifying and all was good. This was on 12/18/2013. Why didn’t they tell me benefits stop December 30, 2013. Or from what I did do I keep reviving EUC benefits. Or is there another Gov. Extension? I sure hope so. Is there a way to get on a list to tell me if they are extended into 2014? Or where can I look to keep up to date, to find out? Thanks.

December 20, 2013 at 2:57 am
(276) Bob says:

I ran out of room. …continued. My local office reviewd my job search form and hire assessment executed form. This is because I started EUC benefits recently. They just said to continue certifying and all was good. This was on 12/18/2013.

Why didn’t they tell me benefits stop December 30, 2013. Or from what I did do I keep reviving EUC benefits. Or is there another Gov. Extension? I sure hope so. Is there a way to get on a list to tell me if they are extended into 2014? Or where can I look to keep up to date, to find out? Thanks.

December 22, 2013 at 10:51 am
(277) Gett says:

I live n Florida I applied for benefits on 9/26 I have yet to recieve a determination on my claim. It’ will b 3 months on 12/26. I Hv sent emails,phone in, went on Internet , no response so I contacted my state representative office in hopes that they would he. Still waiting

December 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm
(278) eric walker says:

I live in Memphis Tennessee been waiting on a check from the unemployment office for 3 months nowwhich onlineto check my status showing that they live three checks out or sent 3 checks out I have it seennot one in my bank accounthave not seen a check yet still waiting highly pissed

December 27, 2013 at 9:52 pm
(279) Derrick from Michigan says:

Please Help I Filed a Claim and Then Certified on 12/21/2013 online. It said that I certified and that I would get my payment the next working day. Well No money day after day! now 12/27/13 I login on line and the status says Ten Day Hold on one of the weeks and On the other week it says Open Non-Monetary issue. What do these mean??? I can’t get a hold of them on the phone….. Please Help

December 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm
(280) Brian says:

I filed my claim on Nov. 3 and was pending adjudication until Dec. 24 when finally I was determined eligible. The only reason there was any work done on the claim was because I called Dec. 17 and the rep sent an email to get an adjudicator to review it. Well, it said that 6 weeks of payments were processed 2 days ago and it they should have been direct deposited last night. It wasnt. Also, the home page of the UI Connect site says that it will take several days to deposit the payment to your bank account. My God! I started reading all of these heart wrenching comments and I can only draw one conclusion. This is a criminal sabotage of the UI system and there probably are no funds in the State’s account. Don’t bother writing your leaders for a resolution because these criminals are all in bed with big business and they have stolen the money.

December 29, 2013 at 4:03 pm
(281) Nathaniel says:

From Missouri. Says that they will stop paying on Dec. 28th. Haven’t received my weekly amount for 2 weeks. SMH. I am only thinking about what is next since I will be starting school in the spring and will be receiving money from fasfa and government loans. Are they just not going to pay the college and I will be stuck looking like a jerk?

December 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm
(282) Quishanna L. Lee says:

I just found out today that I will no longer be able to apply for unemployment benefits. Thank God I was offered 2 days ago by a company that I have been longing to work for. The president and congress were unable to come to a agreement so they blocked the unemployment benefits package that he submitted for review. God bless America, because we are truly living in uncertain times. Saying a prayer for all families that are 100% dependent on their unemployment benefits.

December 30, 2013 at 5:27 pm
(283) anonymous says:

I live in MA, said system was down since yesterday Sunday, I was still eligible to claim week 12/21/13-12/28/13 and the system was so slow, no one picked up phones and was never able to claim my benefits. I tried numerous times again today Monday and was finally able to slowly get all my questions in on webcert and at the end instead of it saying I claimed benefits for 12/21-12/28 and the amount being paid to me, it said thank you for your request for 1/1/14-1/7/14 on 0000000 $0 message. So I checked my payment history NOTHING, nothing shows I ever had a cliam or previous weeks like it use to!!! I still had a balance and was eligible until March and right after Christmas I was suppose to get one more week of paid benefits left and they dont even give that to me, this is just friggin great!!! so not funny. In my opinion I believe riots will occur….just saying.

December 31, 2013 at 1:55 pm
(284) Manda in Michigan says:

I filed my claim the day after I was laid off, I wanted to nip it in the bud since I know there was alot going on with the holidays etc. I filled out all the info that was needed, did all the registering at mi works, did my resume, whatever they asked. Even though I go back to work on the 1st. I certified the other morning, and then went to mi works after to make sure everything was good from the get go, and they explained to me that what I did was right and everything should be all good. Not so much when I signed into my account this morning and it stated non monetary issue. I don’t understand what I did wrong, or even if I did something wrong. Tried calling the agency today, nothing is open until after the holidays. So now I have no idea whether or not im getting a dime. Im not asking for much, just one check to cover the two weeks Im laid off, so I can take care of bills until I get back to work. Very frustrating!!

January 2, 2014 at 12:47 am
(285) Chris says:

i live in pennsylvania and i still haven’t received my payment somebody help me

January 2, 2014 at 10:37 am
(286) Nick says:

I was supposed to get my check on new years but now it’s Thursday and I got nothing

January 2, 2014 at 3:30 pm
(287) Sharon jones says:

I’ve been unemployed since the 18th of December an ive tried calling the Tennessee unemployment office ever since I’ve been layed off an I’m still to this day trying an I cannot get threw. I’m a single mom with 3 kids, with NO MONEY! This is redickulas!

January 2, 2014 at 7:43 pm
(288) Briana says:

Well, I got laid off on the 9th of December; I applied the next day. I requested payment for the first time and still no payment. My next payment request is on the 5th and I pray that I get some money because if not then I will lose my car.I’m in Texas. I understand why Jesus created the Lords prayer, “pray for thy kingdom to come”. Kingdom means his father’s government. America is truly doomed.

January 3, 2014 at 1:31 am
(289) Eric says:

I live in Florida and got laid off in the middle of November. I applied for Unemployment a couple of days after. My application is still pending for the monetary distribution. I honestly don’t know if I should still claim my weeks because I am getting $0 money. I am slowly running out of money. Every time I call, it says to call back when it isn’t busy. I sent an email last week and haven ‘t gotten a response back for it. I read in the paper that Florida started using a new system and it is full of flaws. I guess I should have been fired sooner.

January 3, 2014 at 9:13 am
(290) Annie says:

My DD is not in my account today. I am in IL and still on my 26 weeks. My cert day was New Years. Did the holiday delay payment? I have $2.44 in my account. Please, someone….anyone else’s money not there? Help.

January 3, 2014 at 11:30 am
(291) Paul says:

@Annie I did not receive my DD today, either, so I can only assume it was because of the holiday. I tried calling the 800# for the past hour but just a busy signal. Maybe everyone else who was supposed to get theirs is in the same boat. Anyone else with the same issue??

January 3, 2014 at 3:12 pm
(292) Nathan says:

Hey guys. From Illinois here! I am knowledgeable for the December 28th stoppage of EUC08. I was also under the impression that I would get one last direct deposit. I called the teleserve # and confirmed. They said they put a direct deposit of $702 in my usual account today (January 3rd). The bank shows no record of a pending DD. As I write this I am on hold with the number to speak to a rep. Been on hold an hour or so. Anyone think something may be fishy here? I’ve always gotten my DD the Friday after I certify. I certified on the first. Anyone going through the same thing?

January 3, 2014 at 7:54 pm
(293) Alicia in IL says:

Dear Annie, Paul, and Nathan, I am also in IL and recently began recv’ing benefits (wk #4 out of 1st 26 wks). I certified via the IDES website on Wed 01.01.14 and was expecting a DD today (01.03.14) which would be the norm, however I checked my acct and $0 payment recv’d. Checked my on-line IDES acct and it reflects a payment was processed as of 01.03.14 (today’s date). Reps at my bank could provide no insight and directed me to inquire with IDES. I called the 800# about 200 x’s before FINALLY connecting with an extremely helpful rep. She indicated that due to the holiday coinciding with my certification date (Jan 01), my DD will be delayed and I should expect to rec’v funds either tomorrow (Sat) or Mon at the latest. I really dont see why the holiday should interfere with an electronic transaction between banks; especially in our Tech savvy and modernized world. I predicted a long time ago that our heavy reliance on technology and the speed with which advancements are made will ruin society in the end. I truly believe this to be the case. Society has cut of it’s nose to spite it’s face by slowly displacing HUMANS and relying on computers to do their jobs in ALL facets of life! The commonality between the majority of concerns and–or complaints on this forum surround the lack of human interaction and availability to answer questions and address concerns. Good luck to those of you waiting and lets continue to be prayerful that this delay in IL is actually attributable to the New Year holiday! PS.. I inquired about a possible vote to reinstate the extended benefits and the Rep provided me with a number located in DC, to obtain info about the final decision regarding a possible extension: 202-224-3121.

January 3, 2014 at 8:04 pm
(294) Debra Shook says:

I called my husbands on the first. Then I called teleaserve this morning to confirm his deposit and it said his claim was suspended. He just got Hus paper to call in on Monday and he had to call in on Wednesday a holiday. He tried to call the local office all day an nobody never did answer the phone. I don’t know what they expect people to do. Maybe all 1.5 million should go live with a government official and see if they like it.

January 4, 2014 at 2:11 am
(295) Darien says:

Nathan(comment 292) of all the post yours is the most relavent for me. Please post if you received your funds. I think by Saturday the 4th funds will be posted on your DD. I am suppose to certify on 1/6/14. I am hoping that I will receive a deposit. Please post

January 4, 2014 at 11:11 pm
(296) Disguisted In Michigan says:

I filed my claim early November, it has been over 8 weeks and still pending in the computer. Does anyone care about the unemployed workers in Michigan. Thank God I am starting a new job Monday. I would loose everything!!

January 5, 2014 at 8:22 pm
(297) Regina says:

I keep claming my weeks but every week it says disqulifed. Whats going on, when I call the office no one knows what to say . My rent is past due , lights, water to.

January 6, 2014 at 5:36 am
(298) Nikki says:

Keep certifying g with the UIA. I know it doesn’t help rig now but they are voting tonight to reinstate and payment are retroactive

January 6, 2014 at 7:38 am
(299) Donna says:

Filed a claim 8 weeks ago I was layed off never received not one single check…..What is going on? How can it be that not one single person will answer the phone? Something has got to be done.This is insane….

January 6, 2014 at 8:00 am
(300) Leonard Phillips says:

I have tried to file for regular unemployment since I got fired from my job on December 22nd. I was told to do call back for January 2nd, but now it says high call volume and this call will end. I don’t knoe what to do for money.

January 6, 2014 at 9:36 am
(301) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

@Leonard Have you tried applying online? That may be a quicker way to get your claim started.

January 6, 2014 at 8:18 am
(302) Annie says:

@Alicia (293) Great post, was exactly my issue. My DD showed up today, Mon. Thank goodness. There should have been no delay with everything done electronically, I agree! And 2 of the 3 IDES reps did not know New Years would cause the delay so I was panicking and in tears. Had to pay my dear landlord LATE and I hate doing that. Big difference between 1/3 and 1/6, off to bank now…it’s MINUS 19 outside. Hope my car starts!

January 6, 2014 at 5:03 pm
(303) Feliesha says:

applied for benifits and it says on hold for ten days but I got a letter saying I qualify someone please help…

January 7, 2014 at 11:53 am
(304) Ryan says:

I live in CT, and I was on EUC and as of December 28, 2013 I no longer am receiving any type of finical income. My question is if the bill gets passed to restore benefits will the people who were cut off be put back on? I have only been on unemployment for 7 months and I heard you can be on it up to 99 weeks. I just hope they will allow us to continue to collect for those who had there benefits stoped on 28th.

January 7, 2014 at 1:33 pm
(305) Debbie McCarthy says:

Did not receive payment today. I don’t know if it us due yo shutdown. Can someone please contact me. Thank you

January 7, 2014 at 1:39 pm
(306) anthony says:


January 7, 2014 at 1:42 pm
(307) ANTHONY says:


January 7, 2014 at 2:06 pm
(308) Terri says:

I live in MD now but am collecting from Nj. Got my initial checks after my phone interview. Called in on Sunday January 4 2014 for my next check due and it is now Tuesday January 6 and still no funds in my acct. Anyone know why???

January 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm
(309) cjuarez says:

I claimed for my hubby on Jan 5th and his benefits are not in the account and when I checked online it said he filled out another application and if he qualifies benefits will be in on jan. 19th but it don’t make sense because he has been getting it since the beginning of dec.2013 and when I call I can not get threw. We are in texas has any one else had this problem?

January 7, 2014 at 2:55 pm
(310) Barbara says:

My benefits were stopped on the 28th. I was told I could still call in for weeks I had not worked and file a claim in case they passed the bill they would pay retro-actively. I tried to call today to claim for last week the phone prompt said I had already filed for last week (which I had not) and that I could call back after the 11th to update my claim. I then pushed one to hear the history of payments on my claim and it said that no payments had been made. (of course I already knew that – duh!) What the heck is going on? Anyone know?

January 8, 2014 at 1:13 am
(311) mad newyorker says:

I claimed sun andcwow no money what kind of gov do we have? I basically attented tommorows workplace for emergency benefits and now this smh. Society is getting bad us hard working people suffer while the rich including dum `@# celebrities lay back and get evrything

January 8, 2014 at 7:58 am
(312) vanessa says:

Hi im in NJ and waiting to get paid. I certified sunday online as usual n its Wednesday n haven’t received payment. I guess im not the only one w this prob. Suxs lets hope they fix this problem asap. Best of luck to all!

January 9, 2014 at 9:42 am
(313) Steph says:

California – received two payments in October before benefits were interrupted. The phone lines here have been shut down so we can’t talk to anyone in person. I’ve emailed the EDD and on the odd occasion that one of my emails receives a response I’ve been given three different (and inconsistent) reasons for my claim to have been interrupted.

I’ve corrected everything I possibly could to no avail. I’ve filed complaints (HA HA HA! Like they acknowledge or even read them!) and emailed them like crazy trying to get to the bottom of this. It has now been over two months since payments have been interrupted and the credit card I’ve been using to pay my rent, bill and buy groceries is maxed out. If the EDD doesn’t come through with back pay soon my two kids and I will be living in my car. It doesn’t help that my job search has gone nowhere – despite having submitted thousands of resumes since October I haven’t received a single call back for an interview. I am college educated, I’ve worked since I was 15 years old. I never thought I would see the day that I would be homeless or fail my kids.

At least my relatives on welfare haven’t experienced a hiccup in <i>their</i> benefits.

January 10, 2014 at 8:50 am
(314) mike says:

Its easy just tell Obama to do his job and stop taking a vacation every couple of weeks and stop supporting illegal immigrants

January 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm
(315) Tina says:

In PA–filed my claim on January 5th, as instructed, claim was accepted and shows up as processed but still no money in my account as of today, Jan. 10. It usually shows up on Tuesday or Wednesday after I file. Forget trying to call; website is absolutely awful and offers no insight. It’s ridiculous–they want you to fax them to request that they call YOU, that’s the only way to get to someone without being on hold for hours. Of course unemployed people have money to burn driving to Staples and paying for faxes!!! Going to do it, but I might try that foreign language trick other people suggested!

January 11, 2014 at 2:06 pm
(316) Sherri says:

I’m from Wisconsin and I have not received my benefits which were supposedly sent out 3 days ago. Why are these funds not in my account? Anyone ever dealt with this before?

January 12, 2014 at 10:04 am
(317) nursewitchy says:

In TN and was notified that benefits ended on Dec. 28 by UI phone line. I called on Monday, Jan 6th and the “rude recording” (how ironic) stated that my benefits had “expired” and prompted me to call the UI Claims line @ 1-877-813-0950. “No one is avail to take your call” is the msg I get even after I tried the prompt sequence of 7-5-5 to “speak to a person”. I also noticed that once you enter your SSN, it takes the system about 20 seconds to recognize your entry. If you re-enter the entry, thinking the first attempt did not register, it will kick you out of the system totally.

My husband notified me Tues, Jan 7th that the decision to extend benefits for 14 to 47 additional weeks was approved so I called the system back that night. It surprisingly allowed me to certify as I had done the previous weeks. No deposit as of Sun, Jan 12th! What the heck is Congress/Government doing?! Dangling a pork chop in front of a starving animal?! Rent, car note and utilities are due immediately!

January 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm
(318) chopper59 says:

The New York State Unemployment website is an absolute mess-it’s right up there with the Obamacare site! This should be a really big wake up call to all Americans why we should NOT rely on Washington to manage our affairs! How many more examples does it take before this country wakes up.
The emails I have sent to the website come back several days later with some generic explanation which has nothing to do with the question I asked or better yet you have 3 different representatives who are contradicting one another. The phone system they have is insulting at best-it’s almost impossible to speak to a living person. My case was approved on 12-19-13 and here it is 1-12-14 and no unemployment has been paid. They would be wise to pull it together quickly before rioting starts.

January 12, 2014 at 1:47 pm
(319) Cheryl says:

it says my funds were deposited into my account jan. 9th but i checked my chase account and it still has a 0 balance. what is going on

January 14, 2014 at 10:37 am
(320) Cameshia says:

I’m from Mississippi and I’m having the same problem I’m being told my money was deposited into my account but wen I check my account it shows nothing I’m confused and this is really getting on my nerves. When I call the main office they give me no information and tell me to call my win job center they tell me to call the main office so I called them both at the same time and I still get no information they can’t tell each other anything so therefore they can’t tell me anything I’m back at my starting point. I’m pregnant and my due date is in a month this needs to be resolved and soon

January 14, 2014 at 1:14 pm
(321) Rose says:

I received my last payment for the end of 2013. Have received nothing for 2014 and have been unable to get thru to my local Unemployment Office.

This is causing havoc with my creditors. I received nothing about unemployment being on hold, and have not seen any info on the IDES website.

Shame on all involved who are holding this money back. Unemployment in Illinois is one of the highest in the nation. How do they expect people to live, eat, pay bills.

This is very disconcerting

January 14, 2014 at 4:14 pm
(322) RobbieAnn says:

I’m from michigan and have been waiting for my payment since the shutdown….. Been a month and now it says open non monetary issue, wth?!?!?! Am I ever gonna get paid?? This is very disturbing and very frustrating because I’ve been trying to get ahold of a human on the phone and it constantly says currently busy try again later. I have had enough. We need to protest or something because now they denied my husband a check becAuse he has been on so long, he has put in apps and his job don’t start back up until April. So what now, be homeless?? The only one that suffers is my family while the uia workers still get paid….. For what cuz everything is automated and I have never been able to talk to someone with a pulse.

January 15, 2014 at 1:28 pm
(323) jim says:

Its like this all over the country. Why, because I do not think they really Care

January 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm
(324) Debbie Lynn says:

I filed for unemployment on Nov. 15th when I was let go as a result of no fault of my own….It has been 8 weeks…I certify each Sunday and do my 3 weekly job searches however I cannot reach anyone nor have they called me to start my benefits…when I call in the automatic attendant says…status….Pending….why is this taking so long…..

January 17, 2014 at 7:18 am
(325) Annie Richardson says:

I live in the state of florida i tried to file a claim because when i call the 800# it told me to file another claim because my claim had expired wheni tried my computer had problems so i stop then i got email from unemployment saying i was denied i never completed yhe application and itried again stoll same proble whats going on i will visit oneof the one stop shop and call 800# for help

January 17, 2014 at 6:44 pm
(326) mandy says:

Ma resident! I cant even believe all of these comments I am reading. I am disgusted in the system!!! My husband is a union roofer, he works year round for the most part but his hours are dramatically reduced in the winter months so he tried to open a claim in Oct, Nov and Dec to no avail. He could not get through the phone line and he kept being booted off the website, finally the 1st week of Jan he was able to file online and the ball got rolling..slowly. We received the debit card about 2 weeks after filing and he has put his claim in online the last 3 weeks. Thursday Jan 17th it finally showed “paid and processed” but no money has been put onto the debit card. Called the # to check “payment history” it says that $679 has been deposited. I called the # on the debit card and spoke to multiple people and they say once a batch has been electronically issued to them it takes up to 48 hours to be put on the card, she also said 48 hours is just said but if a deposit is made on UI behalf at say 9am it should be on the card by 9am the following BUSINESS day. So even if UI did pay it Thur we wont see it til Tue due to Mon being a Holiday…REALLY???? That is even if it really was paid. Oh and if they owe me 3 weeks why has only 1 week been paid according to the phone line but when I look online it shows 3? All these questions but really no one to answer them. Way to go Government!

January 18, 2014 at 11:18 pm
(327) patti longenecker says:

I filed on 1/11/02014 and it says my claim has been processed! but no money in my account. they said the bill has to be passed for the budget year ! are you kidding me? so you have no money to live on or to pay your bills but they want you to pay 311.00 a month for health ins when you have no money to support yourself or kids.

January 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm
(328) Jackie says:

We live in California. My husband gets laid off for a couple of months every winter. He is an asphalt worker and has no work in colder months. We have always continued the previous claim with extensions for years. However he only collects from Dec to Feb. We got a notice in the mail saying that all extensions are discontinued. If you are still unemployed and eligible for benefits to file a new claim between certain days and they would use that week as your waiting period. I filled it out for him 10 days ago and still haven’t received a word. We have called and it says they are only open from 8am to 12. Even when we call within hours they say no representatives are available and to call back. We have a 4 year old at home and I can not afford all of our bills on my income alone. We have shut off notice for utilities and rent is almost due. I haven’t even been able to do our regular grocery shopping. I’ve had to borrow money from family just to make it by. The only thing I have left to look forward to is taxes!!

January 19, 2014 at 1:52 pm
(329) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

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January 21, 2014 at 11:49 pm
(330) Angie says:

I’m in Michigan, I was approved for 26 weeks of unemployment and got 3 weeks paid in november and only one first week in December. I havent been paid since. I have been doing everything as far as submitting job contacts and certifying on time etc.. but my profile keeps saying additional claim needed…under each week I have certified. Also at the top it continues to count down my weeks saying I only have ten weeks left. They keep counting the weeks but Im not getting paid! I have tried everything and forget calling the phone number…you could wait on hold for days and will never get a person! If I don’t get that money I can’t make my car payment….its going to be awfully hard to get to a job without a car when they come and repo it. I can barely afford milk and food for my toddler. This is ridiculous!

January 22, 2014 at 2:21 pm
(331) Ken says:

I have been filing in CO. since Dec. 14 my benefit show 3 weeks of benefits paid but I have not received my CAP card. I changed my method of payment to DD to my bank account but it has not been deposited there either. shows last payment made on 01/14/2014. when I call Chase they show no record of card being issued with my SSN. Colorado unemployment tells you to call Chase. not sure where to go from here. Calling on the phone puts you on permanent hold.

January 23, 2014 at 9:50 am
(332) JIm says:


January 23, 2014 at 5:19 pm
(333) Arleast says:

Tennessee reporting in OUTRAGED!!!!! I have 3 kids and rent due .
My status states pending. I have emailed over 20 times, and called. Congress should have there checks held. And when we go to the polls We need to let our voice be heard!!!! they should be ashamed of themselves. I wish I had some address cause i would show up with my kids on there door step and ask for FOOD< SHOES< AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES SHAME ON YOU CONGRESS!

January 24, 2014 at 2:15 pm
(334) calvin d keller says:

i live in Florida and got 4 months unempl. payments then they stopped paying– said that the unemployment rate is under 6 % people dont need it?? can they redetermine you in the middle of a claim??

January 24, 2014 at 2:31 pm
(335) Kathy says:

My name is Kathy Dzus, and I filled a claim 10/21/2013.I was asked to fax my last pay stub, and I did.Then I was asked to fax 6 months of my pay stubs which I did.Then I was told to continue claiming my weekly benefits.Problem is the online system and the call in system says Your claim is in pending status.I have called in every week but get a message that says keep calling in,the government has no money so on and so on.I have called every number available.I also received a document that states how much I will receive weekly.Still no help.You can’t talk to anyone, and if you are lucky enough to speak to a live person it’s the same answer,keep on claiming you weekly benefits.Well the phone system and the online system doesn’t work.At least on line system says my claim is in pending status.I went to a LABOR Employment Agency the other day,Monday 01,13,14 and asked for help I was told my claim has been updated and that I will be able to file my weekly benefits ,again no luck.I’m tired of printing all the numbers to call in,especially the one that is the fastest way TO SPEAK TO A LIVE REPRESENTIVE.THE EXACT NUMBER I WAS GIVEN IS THE ONE ON LINE HAVE NOT HAD ANY INCOME SINCE OCTERBER 2013 AND I’M OUT OF OPTIONS.THANK GOD FOR MY HUSBAND.Here is my question,DO I NEED A LAWYER?MY HUSBAND SAYS YES..My problem is I am entitled to receive my benefits yet I need to hire a firm ,pay them and wait.Remember I have been run around since Octorber,10/21/2013.The funny thing is My email probable won’t be read and a Lawyer I will Need.Kathy Dzus,01/16/14 ,here is my phone number 631-220-1195 Our records contain the following contact information for you. If any of the information is incorrect, please notify us via email or dial the toll free number listed above and provide your ticket number to the agent who assists you. Name: Phone: Call Back Phone: Email Just look at there answer my email ended with my phone number.Bottom Line Were All Broke$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

January 24, 2014 at 7:18 pm
(336) Marisa says:

I am in colorado..I was told that I would get paid thru the reach back program because I still wasn’t paid everything from a previous claim. That was 1/8/2014. The rep said it would take a few weeks and now I am into my third week. I do know that they have to manually process the funds but if it’s from a claim that was already processed previously why would it take three weeks to process and approve it. I had this a few years ago and it took a few days to process . Has anyone else had this issue? My phone is shut off so I can’t call unemployment . I received a email for a possible job but with no money to turn my phone on and no money for gas to go to the interview I am stuck in limbo. I thought unemployment was suppose to help us get on our feet. So far I am being hindered by the waiting and stress of waiting. I am very thankfully that the program exists but I have been more stressed while on unemployment then I ever was when I was employed. I waited 7 weeks on the initial claim,I’ve waited 3,4,5 hours to get through to a rep several time and now I wait again for them to process my claim again. My account is -$12 and I have no way to communicate to get another job and no gas in my car…thank god I was able to borrow a iPad to look for a job,but if they want me for the job how do I tell them I want it!…how do I get there?? It’s so very sad…. :0((

January 27, 2014 at 9:34 am
(337) kathy says:

Why are we just letting this happen the people have more power than they realize we need to be united like this country saids we are and do something

January 28, 2014 at 8:48 pm
(338) Bridgette says:

I live in Michigan, I applied for unemployment back in October. I have received letters saying that I was approved and I have been doing everything that I have supposed to, yet I have not received one payment. My status online says “Open Non-Monetary Issue”. It is almost impossible to get into contact with anyone from the Unemployment Agency.. All I want to know is what I have to do to fix the problem..

January 30, 2014 at 9:34 pm
(339) nalani nieto says:

I live in California and I applied for an extension Jan. 12 I sent 3 messages and still have not heard anything back from them . I worked my butt off and they said I have money but they are not filing my case yet. I have 3 kids and have not gotten a job yet. Don’t know what to do I have not received any money since last month. And I am in fear what is going to happen to me and my family.

January 31, 2014 at 11:01 am
(340) Jerry Charles says:

I work in Georgia Atlanta, Ga and the governor called a shut down because of the snow but I work as a contractor which means I don’t get any benefits at all. Should I get paid for the day the government call the shut down?

January 31, 2014 at 5:15 pm
(341) Miss V says:

I live in Louisiana and qualified for EUC for the last two weeks it was available in 2013; I still have not received these funds. I have called the unemployment office as well as the Governor’s office concerning the conflicting stories I received as to why these funds were being upheld. According to upper level management there has been a computer problem and they are working on it. Most frustrating is the only answer they can give me is we don’t know when we will be able to issue these funds!!!

January 31, 2014 at 5:42 pm
(342) Charles says:

I recieved two payments for two weeks on m y3rdtier of the fed. EUC extention before theDec 28 2013 cut off. I was awarded 2771 dollars and only recieved 514 of tje 2771. If the bill is renewed will i get paid for January?

February 1, 2014 at 11:58 am
(343) Jeff says:

Hi all, Jersey here, I have been doing my weekly online call in for the past 5 weeks now, still 0.00 balance, also still havent had phone interview that is dated for feb 7 at 11.30 am, I know I have made more than enough, was layed off 12 days before xmas. So are they not giving any payments until phone interview is completed, and like I said by the time I get interview that will be 6 weeks, they owe me, LUCKILY I was hired for a pretty descent job this week, BUT, I dont payed for 2 weeks there, talk about #$÷@&£ up

February 4, 2014 at 2:44 pm
(344) Joel Gamache says:

I am a former government employee from the state of NM. I recently became unemployed in December and reopened my unemployment benefit claim. As of yet, my account has been on hold for 2 months. This is unacceptable as I can no longer pay my bills and there is no end in sight. I find it hard to believe that this is a repercussion of the Gov shut down, or from computer up grades. This is my life on the line here (as well as a lot of peoples). Why is nothing getting done about this???

February 6, 2014 at 1:43 pm
(345) Ripped in RI says:

I am from the now highest Unemployed State in the nation…the littlest one…RI.
After collecting UE for 4weeks, I was told I needed to speak to a rep (using teleserve online)….
I made numerous attempts to contact via email. (forget the phone, you will NEVER get thru).They claim they will return the message within 10 bus days. They have my email, cell phone & address. They never contacted me. ITS BEEN SEVEN WEEKS!

February 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm
(346) Joe says:

I live in ny im in my 3rd week of benefits and still havnt recieved my first payment my rent is now late and my phone is going to be shut off and in order to keep receiving the benefits i havnt even gotten yet i have to go to a workshop which i cant afford the gas to get to and im only going to be laid off for another 2 weeks. This was supposed to be a last resort measure to hold me over for a month or so instead now im being put in the hole due to the governments inability to perform the simplest of tasks.

February 16, 2014 at 12:36 am
(347) Lori says:

My son-in-law has been out of work since mid October and has only received one check here in Texas. They are living in our home and we live in an apartment in another city. Needless to say my husband and I are having to pay the payment on both homes as well as the utilities for both locations. This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen! Our president talks about how good our economy is and how few people are on unemployment and he is right….there aren’t many on unemployment because they aren’t sending out checks! In the meantime, people are losing everything they own as well as their dignity and hope! This just makes me ill! What do we do?

February 20, 2014 at 12:34 pm
(348) Amber says:

I live in Tennessee, I have certified for 11 weeks now but when I call they say no decision has been made????? Seriously redicioulous!!! I can’t get ahold of anyone because it always says we cannot take your call at this time!! I’m so upset with the system!

February 21, 2014 at 3:34 pm
(349) J says:

So I was approved for partial unemployment in Washington State due to my work hours being cut by almost 2/3, this was on Jan 24. It is now Feb 21 and the unemployment center still has me on their “waiting week period” Since when was a week totaling a month?! Like everyone else I have bills to pay and no one has given me an answer as to why they still have me as waiting.

February 27, 2014 at 4:27 pm
(350) GT says:

California here, I was wrongfully terminated back in Nov 2013 after many years of employment. I filed my claim during the end of that month. I was contacted and qualified within a months time and even received a couple payments in the beginning Jan 2014 for the end of Nov and Dec. Now all of a sudden all the payments for the end of Jan and all of Feb have ceased and its “H*LL” trying to get in contact with a live person. I have had interviews and even had some of those possible employers give me signed paperwork to send in with my weekly claim forms as proof of my job search, I’ve called different numbers all provided from the EDD office even sent in emails and filed claims to contact me back to give me anything at all. Still nothing and sitting here with a family of 5 trying to survive and see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Thankfully my wife is employed, but things are really tight and sacrifices have been made already to keep things afloat. I just need answers or a way to contact someone, because this is getting out of hand and next month is not going to covered if my benefits have been stopped for whatever reason.

March 3, 2014 at 4:55 pm
(351) Krissy says:

HI I am in NC and just applied for UI Benefits in December and still haven’t received funds. Every time I call I get another long wait @hrs + then I get you should get it in another week. You have adjudication issues but then they don’t see it. I have asked for a supervisor and even wrote a letter about my bills being due. Its now march and I don’t know what else to do.

March 16, 2014 at 9:50 pm
(352) Teri says:

MI – opened claim Feb 9, approved Feb 10, jumping through all the hoops accurately & on time, certifications “approved” through MiWam, however still waiting to receive payment, it’s been 6 weeks. MiWam status says “non-monetary issue” right next to “approved,” but no information available on what that means, no letters in the mail explaining any issues. MARVIN says 1st payment was issued 3 weeks ago, but I’m still waiting to see it. Sent 6 emails, no reply. Called help line dozens of times, recorded message says all operators are busy, try later. What the hell is going on here? I’d like to see an investigation into why so many people are still waiting for their money.

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