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Disaster Unemployment Application Deadline Approaches
MADISON - This is a reminder that workers in Buffalo, Burnett, Crawford, Douglas, Grant, La Crosse, Pepin, Pierce, St. Croix, Trempealeau and Vernon counties who lost jobs or wages due to flooding and spring storms must apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) by 4:30 p.m. on June 15, 2001.
DUA is a federal program that provides financial assistance to workers, including self-employed farm and non-farm workers, who lost work and wages as a direct result of the flooding. Individuals may be eligible for DUA benefits if as a direct result of the flooding they were unable to reach their place of employment, they lost work because of an injury, or they became the major support of a household because the head of the household died as a result of the storm.
DUA benefits are based on a personís earnings for the most recent tax year. As a result, applicants will be asked to furnish earnings data from their 2000 federal tax return when filing a claim. The DUA benefit, depending upon yearly income and loss of wages, can range from $117 to $313 per week.
Applications must be filed by telephone by calling the state Unemployment Insurance Division in Madison at (608) 232-0678, in Milwaukee at (414) 438-7700 and toll free at (800) 822-5246. A special (TTY) number for the hearing impaired is also available at (888) 393-8914.
Flooding along the Mississippi River and spring storms occurred in April and May. The eleven counties were declared federal disaster areas, which makes the DUA benefits available to workers who qualify.
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