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Minister: $32 Million Paid In Unemployment Benefit

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The Government has paid the unemployment benefit to over 9,000 people for a total cost of approximately $32 million, and over 2,600 individuals who were previously receiving benefits have now returned to work.

Speaking at last night’s [May 28] press briefing, Minister Dickinson said, “This week, I authorized unemployment benefit payments to 7,780 people, for a total of $9,210,000. We will now have paid benefits to over 9,000 people for a total cost of approximately $32 million. We expect further payments to continue on a bi-weekly schedule, which means another payment in two weeks on Friday, June 12.

“As mentioned earlier, we continue to make progress to resolve problem applications, and this week we paid 640 applicants for the first time.

“Last week I advised that over 1,400 people had notified the Department of Workforce Development of their planned return to work. This number continues to grow as Bermuda enters its second week of Phase Two, and over 2,600 individuals who were previously receiving benefits, have now returned to work – up by more than 1,200 from last week.

“I want to reiterate that all individuals and companies have a responsibility to notify the Government of your return to work to confirm your eligibility period. Please visit www.bermudajobboard.bm, follow the link at the top for Covid-19 Unemployment Application, then the link at the top for the Back to Work form.

“For those that have already done so, we thank you for the act of responsible citizenship.”

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