PHOENIX – The system continues to hit snags but despite hem on Monday the Arizona Department of Economic Security announced it issued $519 million in state unemployment insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance payments last week.
DES is aware some PUA claimants are unable to file their weekly certification for the week ending May 16, 2020. We are working to fix this issue as quickly as possible and apologize for the inconvenience.
— AzDES (@ArizonaDES) May 19, 2020
Yesterday, PUA applicants filed weekly certifications that will result in payments of $95 million throughout the course of this week. This number is expected to grow as additional claimants file their certifications.
An additional $95.5 million was issued to state unemployment insurance claimants on Monday.
Payments follow the launch of the PUA program, with 77,063 claims filed last week.
Approximately 165,000 people were mailed a paper check on May 11, 2020, for three weeks of the minimum benefit amount and the additional $600 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). These checks were issued to individuals who applied between February 2 and May 2, were not eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), and were instead eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).