Arizonans who receive unemployment benefits were on the verge of being affected by the legislation Congress passed to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. But, state officials were able to make changes to keep unemployment checks coming on time.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security initially advised people that unemployment checks for this week could be delayed by about seven days.

The department needed to make some computer programming changes as a result of the federal government's last-minute extension of emergency unemployment benefits. Congress passed the legislation and President Barack Obama signed it into law this week.

DES expected the necessary programming changes to cause a delay in payments, but the department was able to make the changes in time, and now says in a news release there should be no delay for those expecting unemployment checks for this week.