US Dept. of Labor Hurricane Sandy Update
HURRICANE SANDY DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE (DUA)
President Obama issued major disaster declarations for Connecticut, New Jersey and New York
on October 30, 2012, in response to Hurricane Sandy. These declarations provide for
individual assistance, which includes Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).
DUA provides financial assistance 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 and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance (UI)
Individuals, including self-employed individuals, who were living or working in the affected areas
at the time of the major disaster, and are unemployed as a result of Hurricane Sandy,
may be eligible for DUA. In addition, those who are unable to reach their job, because
the disaster prevented their travel, or who were scheduled to begin employment, but
the disaster prevented them from doing so, may apply.
DUA is available to individuals for weeks of unemployment beginning after the date the
major disaster began and for up to 26 weeks after the major disaster was declared
by the President, as long as their unemployment continues to be a result of the major
The application period for filing initial DUA claims related to Hurricane Sandy has been
extended until February 4, 2013.
Impacted individuals may contact the state workforce agencies in Connecticut, New Jersey and
New York as indicated below:
New York –
Claims may be filed by calling the Telephone Claims Center (TCC) at 1-888-209-8124,
or, if you live out of state, call 1-877-358-5306.
Applicants must answer the questions to indicate whether they lost their job due to
Hurricane Sandy. Individuals may access additional information about UI and DUA at http://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/ui_index.shtm
New Jersey –
To file a claim, individuals should first file for unemployment insurance benefits
through the internet by going to www.njuifile.net.
The internet process is faster and convenient. However, if needed, individuals may
also file a claim by telephone by contacting the Department of Labor’s Re-employment
To file a claim, individuals should contact their local TeleBenefits line. To locate
your local TeleBenefits number, check the blue pages of your telephone directory.
Individuals may also visit the Connecticut Labor Department’s website at www.ct.gov/dol,
or contact Infoline at 2-1-1.
Individuals may also obtain information by calling the Department of Labor’s toll-free number
at 1-877-US-2JOBS (1-877-872-5627)
and office locations may also be obtained from America’s Service Locator Website at www.servicelocator.org.
Additional information on other federal and state administered.”
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