Governor working to get higher COVID-19 unemployment benefits


Separate from the one-time economic impact checks are the weekly unemployment benefits.

Guam Department of Labor Director David Dell’Isola today said that his department estimates that about 38,000 island residents will need to file for weekly unemployment benefits as a result of the economic blow from the coronavirus outbreak.

State-side, the national average unemployment benefit will be about $930 weekly.

COVID-19 unemployment benefits

However, the governor, at her news conference Thursday afternoon, said under the current guidelines  Guam’s unemployed with only be given $360 a week. She said she’s working to change that.

“I am confident that we will get that $960. And once we totally verify it, although like I said the guidance already has said it, but we just want to make sure. And certainly, we will fight very hard to get that $600,” the governor said.

Congressman Michael San Nicolas was quick to react to the Governor’s remarks issuing a statement saying that Guam and the other territories are included and residents here, just like elsewhere, will get the same amount.