Q) I am in my third week of unemployment. I have filed a claim for all three weeks. I understand the first week is a waiting period, and no payment will be paid. Online in the Weekly Claims System it states payment for that week is “NOT PAID”. Does that mean it is not eligible for payment ever, or that payment just hasn’t been processed as of this date?
A) When you file for unemployment benefits, you typically have to serve a waiting period of one week. This means that you will not be paid for the first week that you file a claim. The payment for the waiting week will be paid out at a later date.
If you are in your third week of unemployment and you have filed a claim for all three weeks, then it is likely that the payment for the waiting week has not yet been processed. This is because the processing of unemployment benefits can take some time.
You can check the status of your unemployment benefits by contacting your state’s unemployment insurance agency. They will be able to tell you if the payment for the waiting week has been processed and, if not, when it is expected to be processed.
In the meantime, you should continue to file your weekly claims. This will ensure that you receive the benefits that you are entitled to.
Generally you make claims for all weeks you have been unemployed. Please call you local unemployment office and ask your counselor why you are not being paid for the week you are claiming not being paid.