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July 4 holiday to affect unemployment response

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MONTPELIER — The state Department of Labor is encouraging regular unemployment insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claimants to file their weekly claims by 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 to avoid delays in filing for next week due to the July 4 holiday.

Claimants who are unable to file their weekly claim by Thursday at 6 p.m. can still file their claim on Friday, but will see a delay in payment.

The Unemployment Insurance Call Center will be open for regular business hours on Friday, and will be closed on Saturday.

- Claimants who filed a weekly claim by Thursday may file a weekly claim as they regularly would, beginning Sunday.

- Claimants who file a weekly claim on Friday may file a weekly claim beginning Tuesday.

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- Claimants who establish an initial claim on Thursday may file their weekly claim beginning Sunday.

- Claimants who establish an initial claim on Friday or Saturday may file their weekly claim beginning Tuesday.

- Claimants who file a weekly claim on Thursday or Friday may see a delay in payment due to the holiday weekend. Regular payment processing will resume on Monday,.

As of July 1, the UI Call Center wait times may increase because of resource reallocation to support other state agencies who are also assisting Vermonters. The department will monitor call wait times and will reassign additional resources as needed to keep wait times from being extended.

As a reminder, Department of Labor offices are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information about accessing department virtual services and contact information may be found at


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