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Don’t expect $400 for jobless announced by Trump anytime soon

By John McPhaul


Labor and Human Resources Secretary Carlos Rivera Santiago said Thursday that he is waiting for the U.S. Department of Labor to disburse unemployment assistance under an executive order by President Donald Trump.

“We are waiting for an official communication from the federal Department of Labor to be able to see what the exact guidelines are, how this will be implemented,” Rivera Santiago said in an interview with Radio Isla 1320. “There is even talk that there will be restrictions, given the situations of fraud that have occurred in some states.”

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) was originally $600 a month. That sum was reduced to $400, of which the federal government would provide $300. According to Puerto Rico’s Labor secretary, the other $100 could be paid from an emergency fund granted to the local government.