The Alabama Department of Labor is touting its status as having the nation’s highest percentage of first payments to people who claimed unemployment in July.
The state issued unemployment compensation payments in 21 days or less for more than 92 percent of claims that month.
First payments means those made to claimants who were determined eligible for benefits and received a payment. It doesn’t include claimants who have issues that need to be adjudicated.
“Since the pandemic began, the staff at ADOL have been working extremely diligently to process claims and get payments to those who need them the most,” said Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington. “While this process hasn’t always been smooth, the fact that our agency was able to quickly disperse so many payments is something I’m proud of.”