Cabell County residents can apply for disaster unemployment assistance
CHARLESTON -- Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits will be available to qualifying persons residing or working in Boone, Cabell, Clay, Greenbrier, Jackson, Lincoln, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Pocahontas, Roane, Tyler, Webster and Wood counties.
This announcement adds these counties to the disaster area declared by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and President Obama on July 23, 2012.
New claims for DUA need to be filed by Nov. 26, 2012. In addition to individuals who lost their jobs directly due to the severe storms and straight-line winds, those eligible for benefits may also include:
Individuals unable to reach their job or self-employment location after disaster,
Individuals who were to commence employment or self-employment but were prevented by the disaster,
Individuals who became the breadwinner or major support for a household because of a death due to the disaster, or
Individuals who cannot work or perform services in self-employment because of an injury caused by the disaster.
Unemployment must be a direct result of the major disaster. That includes these circumstances: The unemployment resulted from physical damage to the place of employment; it caused physical inaccessibility to the place of employment; or it created a lack of work or loss of revenues by damaging another entity on which the employer depended.
The benefits cover self-employed workers not usually entitled to regular unemployment insurance, including 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 WorkForce West Virginia One Stop Office can accept DUA claims, including Huntington.
For more information, visit www.workforcewv.org or call 800-252-5617.