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Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available

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PIERRE, S.D. (kELO-AM) – The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as a result of the Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA 4155-DR).

 Workers who lost their jobs, and self-employed individuals and farmworkers who have been unable to work due to the severe winter storm, snow storm and flooding that occurred Oct. 3-16, 2013, may be eligible for benefits.

 DUA is available for individuals in Butte, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Perkins, Shannon and Ziebach counties and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne River Reservation within Dewey and Ziebach counties and the Oglala Sioux Tribe within Jackson and Shannon counties.

 DUA is available to people who:

  • Do not qualify for regular state unemployment benefits from any state;
  • Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment, but were unable to do so because of the disaster;
  • Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster;
  • Cannot reach their place of employment as a direct result of the disaster;
  • Have been prevented from work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster;
  • Establish work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income; or
  • Have become the breadwinner or major supporter of a household because of the death of the head of the household.

 Individuals whose employment has been affected should apply for benefits by calling the Unemployment Insurance Call Center at 605-626-3179 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. CST. Please specify your claim is related to DUA and the winter storm.

 Individuals will need their Social Security number, copies of their most recent federal income tax forms or check stubs, or documentation to support they were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred.

 To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the DUA application is filed. 

 Claims must be filed by Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, to be considered timely. Any claims filed after this date will be considered untimely, unless the individual provides good cause for filing after this date. The first possible week of compensation for DUA purposes is week ending Oct. 12, 2013, and the last possible week of compensation is week ending May 10, 2014.

 Re-employment assistance is available through the Department of Labor and Regulation local offices. All programs and services are provided at no charge. Detailed information is available at www.sdjobs.org.

 

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