DUA deadline extended

Published 12:54 am Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The deadline to file for disaster unemployment assistance in 35 counties affected by Hurricane Irene has been extended to Nov. 1, according to the N.C. Employment Security Commission.

Beaufort, Hyde, Martin and Washington counties are among the 35 counties whose residents and small-business owners may be eligible for assistance.

“We’ve gotten 1,140 applications statewide,” said Larry Parker, NCESC spokesman, early Monday afternoon.

Parker provided specific numbers for Beaufort County.

“It looks like 31 have been approved for DUA, and another 42 will receive regular benefits or are having their claims looked at,” Parker said.

Statewide, 498 people have been approved for DUA, he noted.

“Helping get North Carolinians back on their feet after this storm remains a priority,” said Gov. Bev Perdue. “This extension will help many of those who have not been able to file in the original time frame allowed.”

Workers in the affected counties who became unemployed as a direct result of Hurricane Irene impacting North Carolina may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits under the DUA program. Business owners affected by the storm may also qualify for benefits.

Those who qualify may receive benefits dating back to the week of Sept. 3.

Workers or business owners meeting the following criteria may be eligible for benefits:

  • Individuals who are unemployed because of 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 because of an injury caused by the disaster;
  • Individuals who have become the major support of a household because the head of household died as a direct result of the major disaster;
  • 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 by the disaster.

Individuals may contact the ESC by email at esc.dua@ncesc.gov, or by calling 1-866-795-8877 to apply for DUA benefits. Individuals are encouraged to file as soon as possible.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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