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  • DES distributes record high to Arizona unemployment insurance beneficiaries

    Apr 15, 2020 | Read More News
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    The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) last week distributed more than $26.9 million in Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments to Arizonans as a result of an unprecedented number of Arizonans applying for unemployment benefits for losses related to the Coronavirus disease pandemic.

    An additional $55 million in benefits was distributed Monday to claimants that filed weekly certifications Sunday. Those benefits included the weekly supplemental $600 in benefits referred to as the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, provided by the CARES Act.

    For the week ending April 11, Arizona DES received 95,382 initial claims, continued 164,483 weekly claims and answered 22,000 calls. By comparison, for the week ending March 14, it received 3,844 initial claims, continued 17,595 weekly claims and answered 3,400 calls.

    Read more from Arizona DES.

    To apply for UI benefits: www.azui.com

    Individuals without Internet access should call 877-600-2722.

    Reminder: The Pima County One-Stop hotline stands ready to help at 520-724-5735. Workforce development specialists can offer guidance in a variety of areas:

    • Understanding the Arizona unemployment insurance benefits and helping guide you through the process
    • Notifying people of job leads
    • Referrals to community resources for food, emergency shelter, permanent housing, rent/mortgage assistance and utility assistance