Iowans Eligible For Disaster Unemployment Benefits

Iowans living or working in Black Hawk, Cherokee, Clayton, Decatur, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Franklin, Hamilton, Howard, Humboldt, Ida, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Kossuth, Lee, Lucas, Lyon, Mahaska, Marion, O'Brien, Osceola, Polk, Ringgold, Sioux, Story, Taylor, Union, Warren, Webster, and Wright counties recently declared disaster areas may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits under the federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance program.

The federal government declared these 32 counties as a weather-related disaster area on August 14,2010 as a result of the tornadoes, severe storms, and flooding.

“If you live or work in these 32 counties and have lost your job due to the recent bad weather, you should apply for these federal benefits,” said Elisabeth Buck, Director of Iowa Workforce Development.

Claims need to be filed by September 17, 2010, according to Buck. The benefits cover self-employed workers not usually entitled to unemployment insurance, including Iowa farmers. People applying for DUA need to provide proof of past earnings, such as business records or bank statements and their most recent income tax form, at the time they file their claim. Any Iowa Workforce Development Center can accept DUA claims, including the offices located in the affected counties.

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