Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been made available for a number of counties in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Florence. Workers in the state that are unable to work as a result of this storm may be eligible for benefits. It is important to note that claimants must file within 30 days of their county being announced. The length of assistance begins September 9th and can last up to 27 weeks, depending on how long unemployment is affected by Hurricane Florence.
Deadlines for each eligible county are as follows:
October 17, 2018
Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, and Pender
October 18, 2018
Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Jones, Lenoir, Robeson, Sampson, and Wayne
October 25, 2018
Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Pitt, Richmond, Scotland, and Wilson
The following workers or business owners may be eligible for benefits:
- Individuals who are unemployed due to the disaster, and do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits.
- Self-employed individuals and small business owners who lost income due to the disaster.
- Individuals who were prevented from working due to an injury caused by the disaster.
- Individuals who have become the major supplier of household income due to the disaster- related death of the previous major supplier of household income.
- Individuals who are unable to reach their jobs or self-employment locations because they must travel through the affected area and are prevented from doing so by the disaster.
- Individuals who were to commence employment or self-employment but were prevented from doing so by the disaster.
Apply by calling the Division of Employment Security (DES) at 1-866-795-8877. They are also available from 8am-5pm to answer questions.