GDOL to release 5th batch of PUA checks, the biggest payout yet at $54M

GDOL PUA processing center (PNC file photo)

The 5th batch of unemployment compensation checks will go out next week and it will be the largest payout yet.

The Guam Department of Labor this afternoon issued a news release announcing that $54 million dollars in federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) payments will be issued this time.

This batch covers cleared claims through June 24th, including electronic transfers as well as paper checks.

According to the Department of Administration, banks should expect to start to receive funds by direct deposit on Monday.

Claimants who opted for paper checks when applying for PUA can expect to receive their checks by next week on Wednesday. (Tuesday is July 21, the Liberation Day holiday).That includes those whose electronic payments were declined due to incorrect account information.

To date DOL and DOA have manually processed close to 700 checks.

Of the $54 million, $35.8 million will go toward direct deposit claims, $14.5 million will go to paper check claims since the start of the program, and $4.5 million will go toward taxes.

This brings the total amount of PUA payments to $195.5 million.

In addition $16 million is being paid in taxes.

“The Department of Labor appreciates DOA working with us to get payments out. I also have to thank the dedication and hard work of my staff. I feel the payment process is moving smoothly now, and batches for electronic and paper check payments should process weekly,” said Labor Director David Dell’Isola.

“Labor also continues to be aggressive toward helping claimants that have issues with their applications. This week we corrected more than 1,000 claims with problems. $195 million is a lot of money to pump into the economy and help our people during this pandemic and their time of need,” Dell’Isola added.

The processing center and libraries are still open for in-person help with applications. Please call to make an appointment.

The phone numbers are:

● 988-3672
● 788-0729
● 689-1872

For more information on the unemployment assistance programs, call 311, 735-0527 or 735-0532 on weekdays.

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