The secretary of the Department of Labor and Human Resources (DTHR), Carlos Rivera Santiago, announced that as of yesterday an increase in the amount received by the participants of the unemployment insurance benefit came into effect.
DTRH will begin to compute the increase, which will be reflected in mid-July as provided by Law 167 approved on July 29, 2018.
The regulation provides that the maximum weekly benefit will increase from $ 190 to $ 240, a difference of $ 50 on each check that is disbursed in the coming weeks. This benefit will impact an approximate total of 406,639 citizens.
“Starting today (yesterday), the increase will begin to be calculated for all citizens who receive economic compensation for unemployment. We are aware of the high cost of living and unforeseen expenses that people who are receiving unemployment insurance have had to face. We hope it will serve as a relief for their families, "said the recently confirmed Secretary of Labor.
The official recognized the dramatic increase in requests for unemployment insurance benefits that have arisen as a result of the pandemic caused by Covid-19, which that has impacted the disbursement of unemployment benefits to historic levels. For this, he said, he is implementing more agile systems for receiving and validating data so that disbursements are faster.
“Our staff is working with the greatest speed and diligence to be able to advance with aid to each of the applicants, as requested by Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced. Likewise, our regions are attending to all the cases that we assign them through TurnosPR to be closer to the communities and to receive the service that each of the citizens deserves, "said Rivera Santiago.
" We will not rest until we stabilize the service to all those who have applied for and meet all the requirements, "he pointed out.
To date, some 177,568 people are receiving the unemployment benefit and another 184,536 for the PUA (unemployment assistance program due to Covid -19), for a global total of 362,104 citizens.