DLIR News Release: State pays $700M for federal unemployment insurance advances

Posted on Sep 3, 2021 in Latest News, Newsroom

HONOLULU — The state Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced it paid $700M to the U.S. Department of the Treasury for advances it has received to pay regular unemployment insurance benefits. Due to the unprecedented volume of unemployment insurance claims resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic, the department began drawing what is called Title XII advances in July 2020 to pay unemployment insurance benefits.

“The DLIR has paid out nearly $6.4B in unemployment insurance benefits and assistance as a critical part of the safety net during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” said Anne Perreira-Eustaquio, DLIR Director. “With the assistance of Gov. Ige and the Legislature we have minimized significant impacts to our business community due to the Title XII advances in light of our ongoing battle with COVID-19 and our state’s economic recovery.”

The department previously used $39M in state appropriations from Coronavirus Relief Funds to pay down the federal advances in December 2020. The 2021 Legislature appropriated the $700M payment in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 funds. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and subsequent extensions (the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Continued Assistance Act, ARPA) provided full, federal funding for a number of temporary unemployment insurance and assistance programs as well as temporary waivers of Title XII interest payment due and interest accrual. The latest extension (ARPA) expires on September 6, 2021.

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