$11.9M in PUA unemployment payments for next batch; no LWA top-up yet

GDOL PUA processing center (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Labor is sending out $11.9 million in the next batch of regular PUA unemployment payments.

David Dell’Isola, the GDOL Director, told PNC News the batch was completed Monday night and covers clean claims up to August 10.

The electronic payments are expected early next week. However, there’s a backlog on paper checks, according to Dell’Isola, who said PCOR 1 and staffing requirements for getting paper checks out have been a challenge.

There’s no set time on when the paper checks will get out.

GDOL has so far paid out $350 million in unemployment claims on Island.

The next big step for the Department of Labor is figuring out the President’s Lost Wages Assistance program (LWA) and how the payments will go out to qualified residents.

The President’s program is a $400 payment, of which the federal government (through FEMA) pays $300 and the local government pays for the remaining 25% — or $100 — per person, per week.

Guam Department of Labor Director David Dell’Isola says what was first just a three-week program has now been extended for up to six weeks, if governments can afford it and FEMA has left over money from the $44 billion federally allotted to the program.

The three weeks approved for sure on Guam are July 26-August 15. Residents must be making at least $100 in PUA in order to qualify for this top-up, as stipulated by the federal government.

$400-a-week unemployment extended for up to 6 weeks