Guam DOL: $21 million in PUA claims will be released next week

GDOL PUA processing center (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Labor has announced that another roughly $21 million in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims will be released next week.

With this fourth batch, total federal unemployment relief funds paid out on Guam will be about $141 million, including almost $11.6 million going to taxes.

The payouts are expected to hit bank accounts early next week.

The funds will cover error-free unemployment claims and weekly certifications through June 16.

“I’ve heard the concerns of the people who are having difficulty getting through to 311 due to the high volume of calls and my limited staff,” said GDOL Director David Dell’Isola. “We are working diligently to focus on the needs of the people and help them understand the program.”

The Department has also implemented additional fraud prevention measures into the program.

With these features in place, Labor aims to free up PUA staff to focus on customer service, help people file claims and answer questions.