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NEWS: Some unemployment checks will be paid this week

By Nancy I. Maanao

The Guam Department of Labor will be issuing unemployment checks this week, but not to everyone just yet.

"With transaction tests successful earlier today, the Department of Labor will be working through the weekend to deliver the first batch of unemployment benefits to applicants early next week," stated a news release from DOL Friday. "The total number of claims to be paid will be based on the number of clean claims processed."

The payments will be processed according to who filed error-free applications first.

But not everyone who filed an error-free application should expect their unemployment checks this coming week.

Responding to Kandit's question on whether everyone with an error-free application should expect a check this week, Civil Defense spokeswoman Jenna Blas with the Joint Information Center said, "Not everyone, FIFO process as resources permit."

FIFO is the acronym for the accounting term, first in, first out.

"Electronic transfers and paper checks will be issued to error-free claims on a first in, first out

basis. More payments will be issued as PUA staff adjudicate applications." - statement from DOL

Here is information from DOL on in-person applications for unemployment benefits:

Guam Department of Labor continues to offer in-person applications 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for first-

time applicants by appointment only. Applicants can call for an appointment at the Guam

Community College processing center, or at one of the roving public libraries.

The phone numbers are:

● 988-3672

● 788-0729

● 689-1872

The application centers reserve 9 to 11 a.m. for senior citizens, veterans and persons with


The roving village library schedule is as follows:

● Dededo: June 22, 25 and 29

● Hagåtña: June 23, 27 and 30

● Yona: June 26

Dates are subject to change depending on turnout.

Phone applications

Residents can also apply over the phone by calling:

● 735-0518

● 735-0519

● 735-0520

● 735-0521

● 735-0522

● 735-0523

● 735-0524

● 735-0525

● 735-0526.

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