CNMI DOL releases more than $3.5 million in unemployment benefits

CNMI Official Seal (PNC file photo)

The CNMI Department of Labor (CNMI DOL) announced that $3,530,191 in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) have been disbursed to eligible and approved claimants, as of Wednesday, July 22.

The department said all PUA/FPUC claims are processed in the order they were received. If all eligibility requirements are met and no disqualification is in effect, claims are batched for processing. CNMI DOL and the CNMI Department of Finance are working in tandem to ensure benefits payments are disbursed on a daily basis.

Depending on the nature of how claimants would like to receive their payments, disbursements can be made out within 1-2 business days (via direct deposit) or 7-10 calendar days (via mailed check). CNMI DOL highly encourages claimants to opt for direct deposit payments when applying for PUA/FPUC.

CNMI DOL said all information regarding its programs and unemployment assistance is vetted for accuracy before transmittal to the CNMI Office of the Governor.

(CNMI Department of Labor)