Date:May 3, 2016
Contact:Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Disaster unemployment assistance deadlines approach for 6 parishes

BATON ROUGE – The deadline for workers affected by recent severe storms and flooding in Catahoula, East Carroll, Franklin, Lincoln and St. Helena parishes to apply for disaster unemployment assistance (DUA) is 11:59 p.m. CDT on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Affected workers from Avoyelles Parish must apply by 11:59 p.m. CDT on Monday, May 9, 2016.

To qualify for DUA, individuals must demonstrate that they:

• Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment.

• Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage of destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster.

• Can establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their principal source of income.

• Do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits from any state.

• Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster.

• Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of household.

Applications filed after the deadlines will be considered untimely which may result in the denial of DUA benefits unless the individual provides good cause for filing after the date.

Applicants must submit their Social Security number, check stubs and documentation to support their claims within 21 days of the filing of the DUA application. Additional documentation may be required in some cases.

DUA is available from weeks of unemployment beginning March 13, 2016 and up to September 17, 2016, as long as the individual’s unemployment continues to be a result of the disaster.

Applicants can file for DUA online at or by phone at 1-866-783-5567 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. CDT. Personal assistance is available at local Business and Career Solutions Centers.

About the Louisiana Workforce Commission

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.


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