$60M in unemployment payouts delayed until next week 

David Dell'Isola, Guam DOL Director (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Labor has delayed payment for its “mega” batch, which allowed staff to add more clean claims.

David Dell’Isola, the department’s Director, told K57’s Patti Arroyo, that while there’s a delay in payouts for Island residents, they were able to add more people onto the deposits totalling nearly $60 million, up from some $54 million previously.

Dell’Isola said fraud is what was holding up the original batch from July 28.

He says they had to delay this payment to deal with more fraud issues, but the trade-off is that they were able to add more claims, worth around $6 to $8 million. 

This recent payout will be one of the largest covering some 7,000 people, according to Dell’Isola.  

Once this “super” batch is out, GDOL says it will have paid out over 28,500 Island residents.  

The operations at the Guam Community College have shut down and GDOL is asking anyone who needs help to make an appointment at the Agat, Yona or Dededo libraries. Residents can also show up for walk-in service but will only be seen if they have availability.