DLI issues 20,000 UI payments for the week of November 23 through November 27

The Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today announced that over 20,000 Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments totaling approximately $8.5M were issued the week of November 23 through November 27, providing benefits to eligible Montanans.

That figure includes regular UI benefits, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits, and Extended Benefits. Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments shown below were issued for weeks claimed and not previously approved between UI weeks ending April 4 through July 25, 2020. The UI week ending July 25, 2020, was the last full week the extra $600 was authorized under the federal CARES Act. Extended Benefits triggered off as of UI benefit week ending November 14, due to the decline in Montana’s insured unemployment rate.   

Below is a data breakdown of outgoing UI payments for the week of November 23 through November 27:

Date Payments Distributed

Regular UI Benefits

Reg UI & PEUC FPUC Payments

PUA Benefits

PUA-FPUC Payments

PEUC Benefits

Extended Benefits

Total Payments - $

Total # of Payments

23-Nov

$2,317,241

$325,945

$315,292

$1,009,103

$27,204

$3,994,048

10,630

24-Nov

$433,330

$1,613,014

$276,979

$149,585

$12,603

$2,485,022

7,298

25-Nov

$221,722

$25,200

$523,192

$341,833

$93,850

$6,478

$1,222,847

1,408

26-Nov

 -

 -

27-Nov

$166,415

$366,897

$291,688

$89,336

$1,194

$916,937

972

Total

$3,138,708

$25,200

$2,829,048

$1,225,792

$1,341,874

$47,479

$8,618,854

20,308

Payments were not issued on November 26 due to the state holiday. The above figures do not represent the number of individuals who have received payment. Individual claimants could have multiple payments in that total, or one payment representing multiple weeks’ worth of benefits.  

DLI continues to encourage anyone who believes they may be eligible for UI to file a claim online at MontanaWorks.gov, or at mtpua.mt.gov for those that fall under the PUA eligibility guidelines. Those with technical, eligibility, or benefits questions are encouraged to view the COVID-19 resource website at dli.mt.gov/covid-19. A variety of information for both Montana workers and employers are available, in addition to resources to help claimants navigate the unemployment process.  

A landing page for easy access to relevant Labor Market Information, including UI claims data, is available here: dli.mt.gov/labor-market-information.

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