GDOL releasing $17M more in unemployment assistance

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

The Guam Department of Labor is releasing an additional $17 million in unemployment benefits, GDOL director David Dell’Isola said in a virtual legislative oversight hearing Friday afternoon conducted by Sen. Regine Biscoe-Lee.

According to Dell’Isola, GDOL and the Department of Administration worked through Liberation Day last July 21 and “the checks are being cut as we speak.”

This batch, which includes all claims through July 1, is comprised of over $2 million in checks and $13.4 million in electronic funds transfer.

GovGuam will be receiving $1.4 million in taxes from this batch.

To date, Dell’Isola said a grand total of $194 million has been distributed in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits.

Altogether, Dell’Isola said a total of $202 million has already been pumped into the economy.

In addition, Dell’Isola said GDOL is scaling down operations at Guam Community College and shifting in-person processing to the Agat, Yona, and Dededo public libraries.

“We are now over the hump as far as getting new claims in. We are now serving the harder to serve claims,” Dell’Isola said.

He added that GDOL typically encounters 1,000 problem claims a week.