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Disaster Unemployment Assistance


Definition: Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides unemployment benefits to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster declared by the President of the United States.

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.

Eligibility Criteria for Disaster Unemployment Assistance

  • You no longer have a job.
  • You are unable to reach your place of work.
  • You were to start work, but you do not have a job or are unable to reach the job.
  • You cannot work because of a disaster-incurred injury.

Individuals must be able to work, unless they are injured, and available for work, which are the same requirements to be eligible for state unemployment insurance benefits.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Benefits

Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to individuals for weeks of unemployment beginning with the first week following the date the disaster began. Coverage continues for up to 26 weeks after the major disaster was declared, as long as unemployment continues to be a result of the major disaster.

The maximum weekly benefit amount is determined under the provisions of the state law for unemployment insurance in the state where the disaster occurred.

Filing a Claim

Check with your state unemployment office for information on filing a Disaster Unemployment Assistance claim.

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