As of April 6, 280,000 workers applied for unemployment insurance benefits, according to the state Department of Labor. The unprecedented number of claims has caused a five-week backlog in processing, meaning some people are waiting more than a month to receive funds after filing a claim. You can collect unemployment if you have been laid off and are eligible to continue working. Typically, you would only be eligible if you are actively seeking work, but during the coronavirus outbreak that requirement was waived. Workers can expect to make 75 cents for every $1 an employee is typically paid for the hours that are not worked. Applicants should, if possible, include a return-to-work date to receive their benefits more quickly.