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Unemployment benefits for federal employees in Puerto Rico announced

By on January 8, 2019

SAN JUAN – The secretary of the Department of Labor and Human Resources (DTRH), Carlos Saavedra Gutiérrez, said Tuesday that unemployment insurance benefits are available to employees affected by the temporary closure of federal government operations.

“The federal government began its partial closure of operations on December 22, 2018, and employees living in Puerto Rico have the right to claim Unemployment Insurance. They must fill out two documents that certify that they work for the federal government and for which agency, and then they can make the claim through the Department of Labor,” the secretary explained in a statement.

The claim can be made online, at, calling 787-625-7900 or visiting any of the department’s regional offices.

Once the employee completes the eligibility process, the benefit could be of up to $133 a week.

According to the most recent official data, in November there were 14,600 federal employees in Puerto Rico.


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