Over 272-thousand Minnesotans have applied for unemployment since Governor Walz enacted a series of business shutdowns via executive order on March 16th. When can those who have filed expect a paycheck?

“It’s going to be about a week or two from the day you apply,” said Steve Grove, director of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. “And we will backdate from the day you were separated from your work.”

Grove says they went to a new system of filing this week asking individuals to apply on specific days based on the last digit of their social security number. Grove says the goal of the new system is to improve efficiency.