State has paid $2.6B in jobless claims

HONOLULU — The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Thursday announced updated unemployment insurance claims information, including paying $2,620,848,963 for 2,464,674 weeks claimed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 1.

“Ninety-four percent of the valid unemployment insurance claims that have come in since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic have been processed and paid out by the DLIR,” said DLIR Deputy Director Anne Perreira-Eustaquio.

”Currently, our biggest challenge is the staff and resources required to address the high level of imposter and regular fraud in the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program,” she said.

To verify identity and limit the amount of fraud, those submitting PUA claims are also being asked to submit a picture of their Social Security card or other government-issued document with name and Social Security number, front and back, government-issued ID with official photo and birthdate, front and back, and a selfie with picture ID next to the face.

Perreira-Eustaquio said there has been a significant uptick in workers still attached to an employer being fully released from employment. These individuals will need to report the separation when filing a weekly claim certification.

After filing a weekly claim certification, these individuals then reactivate their claim and select “Report Separation from an Employer” in the online portal at huiclaims.gov/#/.

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