For Immediate Release: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
Media Contact: Dawn Dovre, 605.773.3094
Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available
PIERRE, S.D. -- 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:
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.
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