CNMI gets funds for enhancement of unemployment benefits processing

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs has announced $497,248 in Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) government to enhance and strengthen government programs for reviewing and providing pandemic unemployment benefit funds in the territory.

The CARES Act of 2020, as signed into law, provides mitigation of the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic by providing Unemployment Insurance benefits to displaced workers of the CNMI.

The foundation necessary to implement unemployment benefits to the people of the CNMI requires improvement.


The primary goal of this grant is to enhance the CNMI’s management of disaster pandemic assistance programs through the following objectives:

· Fund critical technical training needed to fully understand the activities associated with implementing UI programs in the CNMI;

· Develop UI programs in the CNMI;

· Improve and expand programs to ensure the timeliness of disaster/pandemic assistance; and