Unemployment comp payouts pass $675 million mark

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The Delaware Department of Labor reported on Thursday that it has paid out more than $677 million in jobless benefits during the coronavirus pandemic.

In its weekly report/graphic, the department reported $624.6 million in payments through the unemployment insurance system.

The state unemployment insurance fund accounts for about a third of the total, with the other two-thirds coming from the federal government.

The state has processed 6,371 in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims, about two-thirds of the number filed since the program got up and running in mid-May. The program is for the self-employed who are not covered under the unemployment insurance system, which is funded by both employee and employer contributions.

The PUA program has been the target of criminals, with Maryland uncovering a half a billion dollar scheme after seeing a sizable number of claims from out of state.

Delaware officials earlier said the need to investigate claims led to a slowdown in processing and payments.

Below are the the weekly stats:

  • 120,606 UI claims filed from 3/15 – 7/11/2020
  • 3,167 Initial claims received from 7/5 – 7/11/2020

Total benefits paid from 3/15 – 7/11/2020:

  • $624,567,668 in UI benefits paid
  • $453,395,511 paid from Federal Government
  • $174,540,110 paid from Delaware UI Trust Fund
  • 9,568 PUA claims filed since 5/16/2020
  • 6,371 PUA claims paid since 5/16/2020
  • $52,529,816 in PUA benefits paid since 5/16/202
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