Another $26 million in unemployment checks batched up and ready for distribution

GDOL PUA processing center (PNC file photo)

Despite PCOR 1 and the stay-at-home order on Guam, the Guam Department of Labor is still working to get through unemployment claims.

GDOL director David Dell’Isola says another $26 million was batched last night for clean claims up to July 29th.

That money should be hitting bank accounts early next week.

GDOL received another $50 million allotment from the feds for the current PUA payouts over the weekend, bringing us up to $509 million total received from Washington so far.

To date, GDOL says it’s paid out $350 million in claims on Island.

Dell’Isola says his team also turned in the application for President Trump’s Lost Wages Act, requesting $23 million federally to cover the three weeks allotted to every state and territory for that program.

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“This is a totally different package that the President passed and offered 3 weeks to all the states and territories and you had to apply. We turned in that application and we should be hearing this week approval or some kind of word. And we can start having to get that money, draw it down and go through that whole routine. But this is a totally separate program,” Dell’Isola said.

Dell’Isola says Guam will still have to likely cough up the 25% cost-share for the program, setting us back around $7.5 million.

As it stands, the Lost Wages Act program is only a 3-week top-up, and Dell’Isola says they’re still hoping Congress can agree to a deal for another bump-up amount.