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Monday, Dec. 3 is deadline for filing Hurricane-related wage loss
Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available for workers, including those who are self-employed, who were living or working in the 10 counties affected by Hurricane Sandy and who are unemployed as a direct result of the damages caused by the storm.
Many impacted workers may already qualify for regular unemployment insurance. The DUA is a special program that covers people who may not be eligible for regular unemployment insurance.
DUA is available only in connection with the 10 counties, including Atlantic County, that have been declared federal disaster areas. Additional counties may be added to the disaster declaration after continuing damage assessments.
Anyone who is unemployed because of the disaster is advised to first file for unemployment insurance benefits at www.njuifile.net.
The Internet processes claims faster. However, if needed, people may also file a claim by calling one of the state Department of Labor's Re-employment Call Centers:
- North Jersey (201) 601-4100
- Central Jersey (732) 761-2020
- South Jersey (856) 507-2340
Claims must be filed by Dec. 3.
For information regarding Disaster Unemployment Assistance or FEMA services call the (800) 621-FEMA (3362) or (800) 462-7585 for the hearing and speech impaired. Information is also available via the Internet at www.disasterassistance.gov and www.fema.gov.
For information on all New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development programs and services see http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/index.html and www.Jobs4Jersey.com.