New Yorkers and New Jerseyans who were left unemployed due to Hurricane Sandy have until February 4, 2013 to file an application for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).
DUA was made available by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to affected individuals who did not qualify for regular unemployment insurance. Covering self-employed individuals and many hourly workers, the special federal assistance was made available to those living or working in the state at the time of the disaster and who were left unemployed as a direct result of the damages.
DUA can pay benefits for up to 27 weeks after October 28, 2012. However, any claims received or postmarked after the February 4, 2013 deadline may not be eligible for benefit payment.
Of the 4,205 claims received by New Jersey’s Division of Unemployment Insurance to date, 2,058 are collecting the benefit, and another 1,189 are still under review.
Please note that you must first file for regular state unemployment insurance benefits before it can be determined if you qualify for DUA benefits.
DUA applications are available from the Division of Unemployment Insurance.