U.S. Department of Labor

You may be eligible for 3 forms of assistance.

Forms of Assistance without Online Applications
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
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Program Description
The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program provides unemployment benefits to individuals who have become unemployed as a result of a presidentially-declared major disaster.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit, your employment or self-employment must have been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster declared by the President of the United States. You must have been determined not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits (under any state or Federal law).

Payment will be made to an unemployed worker, who as a direct result of a presidentially-declared major disaster:
  • No longer has a job,
  • Is unable to reach the place of work,
  • Was to commence work and does not have a job or is unable to reach the job,
  • Has become the breadwinner for the household because the head of household died as a direct result of the disaster (If you became a breadwinner due to the death of a self-employed individual as a direct result of the disaster, you are considered an unemployed worker for DUA purposes), or
  • Cannot work because of a disaster-incurred injury.

With exceptions for persons with an injury and for self-employed individuals performing activities to return to self-employment, individuals must be able to work and available for work, which are the same requirements to be eligible for regular state unemployment insurance benefits.

To determine your eligibility for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, you should contact the state unemployment insurance agency in the state where you are located as soon as possible after becoming unemployed. In some states, you can now file a claim by telephone and the Internet.

Application Process
More information about this program and where to apply for benefits under this program is available at http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/disaster.asp.
Program Contact Information
People who are hearing impaired may call this toll-free TTY number:1-877-889-5627 You can also call:1-877-872-5627
Managing Agency
U.S. Department of Labor http://www.dol.gov/
One-Stop Career Center Initiative
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Program Description
One-Stop Career Centers are at the heart of the new workforce investment system emerging under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). These centers provide an integrated array of high-quality services so that workers, job seekers, and businesses can conveniently find the help they need under one roof in easy to reach locations. One-Stop Career Centers are designed to help businesses find qualified workers and help job seekers obtain employment and training services to enhance their careers. These services include assessment of skills, abilities, aptitudes and needs; assistance with Unemployment Insurance; access to Wagner-Peyser Act funded employment services such as the states' public labor exchange and labor market information; career counseling; job search and job placement assistance; and information on training, education and related supportive services such as day care and transportation. Eligible individuals can obtain more intensive services and training. One-Stop Career Centers are convenient to most communities in the United States.

To find a One-Stop Career Center near you, visit http://www.servicelocator.org or call 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627). For further information on One-Stop service delivery under the Workforce Investment Act, visit http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce.
General Program Requirements
The One-Stop Career Centers provide access to employment and training opportunities for all Americans.
Application Process
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.
Program Contact Information
For more information, please visit:
http://www.servicelocator.org

Or you may call:
1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627)

If you need additional assistance with questions about this program, you can also contact your state or local office. Locations and contact information can be found at:
http://www.doleta.gov/regions/
Managing Agency
U.S. Department of Labor http://www.dol.gov/
Unemployment Insurance
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Program Description
Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own who meet eligibility requirements established by state laws.  Each state, including the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico has unemployment insurance programs.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have worked during a specified period, usually in the past 12 to 18 months, and earned a minimum amount of wages as set by each state.  You must also be determined to be unemployed through no fault of your own and meet other state eligibility requirements determined under state law.
Application Process
To apply for this program, visit http://www.servicelocator.org/UI_Filing_Assistance.asp.
Program Contact Information
For information about the state agencies responsible for unemployment claims, visit Career One Stop's website and select the state where you would like to file:http://www.servicelocator.org/OWSLinks.asp You can also call:1-866-487-2365 People who are hearing impaired may call this toll-free TTY number:1-877-889-5627
Managing Agency
U.S. Department of Labor http://www.dol.gov/