MORE THAN $1 BILLION IN UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS PAID OUT IN ALABAMA SINCE MARCH
The Alabama Department of Labor stated as of Tuesday, more than $1 billion in unemployment benefits have been disbursed to roughly 267,000 claimants. 88% of those who filed COVID-19 related claims have been paid.
“We know there are still claimants who have yet to be paid, or are experiencing issues with their claims, and we continue to work to improve those services and get those payments out,” ADOL Secretary Fitzgerald Washington said.
Washington said the ADOL has paid more in total unemployment benefits in the last two months than they have in the past six years combined. “By doing so, [the ADOL]has disbursed more than one billion dollars into Alabama’s economy,” he said.
The funds come from the CARES Act, that split unemployment benefits into three programs: Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.