UPDATED: 11/10/12: Workers who have lost their jobs, even temporarily, because of Hurricane Sandy may be eligible for unemployment benefits and/or disaster assistance. For current claimants, some payments may be delayed because of power outages and state office closures. However, some unemployment offices have extended deadlines for filing weekly claims because of the storm.
For new claimants, unemployment benefits may be available for workers who have lost their jobs due to Sandy. If you are out of work because of the storm, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) or state Unemployment Insurance (UI). Unemployed workers will need to meet the standard eligibility requirements for collecting state unemployment benefits. Self-employed individuals are also eligible for disaster assistance.
Hurricane Sandy Disaster Unemployment Assistance
In order to qualify for disaster unemployment benefits your employment or self-employment must have been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster, and you must have been determined not to be eligible for regular state unemployment insurance. Major disasters have been declared in some counties in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and information on filing for benefits is available online:
- NYS Information for Individuals and Businesses
- NJ Information for Workers and Businesses
- CT Hurricane Sandy Information
State Department of Labor / Unemployment Phone Numbers
- CT: Call Infoline at 211
- NJ: North Jersey (201) 601-4100, Central Jersey (732) 761-2020, South Jersey (856) 507-2340
- NY: 1-888-469-7365
Check with your state unemployment office website for more information on filing a claim for unemployment and for updates on your claim. Offices may have lost power, so there may be delays in processing applications and weekly claims. If there are delays, you will not lose any benefits; however your unemployment payment may be delayed.
Hurricane Unemployment Benefits
- How to File for Unemployment
- Unemployment Benefits
- Hurricane Recovery Assistance (DOL)
- How to File for Sandy Disaster Unemployment Assistance (NELP)
- Sandy Small Business Disaster Assistance
Jobs for Those Who Are Out of Work Because of Sandy
Federal funds have been awarded to hire temporary workers to assist with hurricane recovery efforts. To be eligible, workers must be unemployed as a result of Hurricane Sandy or unemployed and not receiving unemployment benefits or other types of income support. In addition to these positions, private employers are also hiring workers to help with clean up.
Scam Warning: There have been news reports of many different types of scams affiliated with the storm. There are several different types of unemployment scams to watch out for, but, in general, it's important to know that you are only person who can file for unemployment compensation. Third parties cannot file unemployment claims.