$36.9M going out in next unemployment batch; money to hit bank accounts next week

GDOL PUA processing center (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Labor confirmed with PNC News Thursday morning that the next batch of unemployment payments will total around $36.9 million.

David Dell’Isola, the Department’s Director, said this batch covers error-free returns through July 14.

He says the majority ($29.6M) are being paid through direct deposit, while another $4M are going out through paper checks.

This batch was supposed to be ready yesterday, Wednesday, but Dell’Isola had to postpone it by one day, since there were technical issues loading two new fraud measures into the system.

Dell’Isola said he chose to delay one day because it’s crucial to catch fraudulent cases; the delay should not affect the early-next-week payment timeline, however.

GDOL received their next allotment of federal funding, totaling $185 million, from USDOL Monday night this week.

Residents who have just been furloughed or reduced again under PCOR 1 will not be able to input their affected time online until this Sunday August 23, when the work-week is over according to Dell’Isola.

The FPUC $600 top-up expired in July and people now receiving their weekly certifications are only getting their qualifying portion of the $345 PUA payment.