Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) claims must be filed by Friday, July 12, for people affected by the severe storms and flooding May 21 through June 14 in Conway, Crawford, Faulkner, Jefferson, Perry, Pulaski, Sebastian, and Yell counties.
At the request of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a federal disaster declaration was issued designating these counties as federal disaster areas, according to a news release.
Among the different types of assistance available to individuals and households by the federal disaster declaration is Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). Individuals who have temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits (such as self-employed individuals) may be eligible for DUA.
DUA provides unemployment benefits up to 28 weeks. The last possible week of compensation is the week ending Dec. 7.
DUA claims may be filed at the following Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (DWS) offices:
Jefferson County Pine Bluff Local Office, 1001 S. Tennessee St.; (870) 534-1920
Conway County Russellville Local Office, 104 S. Rochester Ave.; (479) 968-2784
Crawford County Fort Smith Local Office, 616 Garrison Ave., Room 101 (479) 783-0231
Faulkner County Conway Local Office, 1500 N. Museum Road, Suite 111 (501) 730-9894
Perry County Conway Local Office, 1500 N. Museum Road, Suite 111 (501) 730-9894
Pulaski County Little Rock Local Office, 5401 S. University (501) 682-8030
Jacksonville Local Office, #2 Crestview Plaza (501) 982-3835
Sebastian County Fort Smith Local Office, 616 Garrison Ave., Room 101 (479) 783-0231
Yell County Russellville Local Office, 104 South Rochester Ave., (479) 968-2784
Claims for these eight counties must be filed between June 13 and July 12 at DWS offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. DWS offices also will provide re-employment assistance where appropriate. Claims filed after the deadline will be considered untimely and benefits denied, unless the individual provides good cause for filing after that date, according to a news release.
To be eligible for benefits, individuals must have worked or have been scheduled to work in the disaster area, but because of the disaster, they no longer have a job, a place to work in the area or could not get to their place of work because of disaster damage. They also may qualify if they have been prevented from working because of an injury or illness resulting from the disaster or if they have become the head of household and need employment because the head of the household died as a result of the disaster. This benefit also may be available to self-employed individuals who have lost all or part of their livelihood as a result of the disaster.
Each claim is considered individually; therefore, individuals who believe they may be eligible should bring a copy of their government issued photo identification, Social Security card, the name and address of their last place of employment, and documents verifying income, such as income tax statements, recent pay stubs, W-2 forms or other proof of net income for 2018.
Although some delays may result without the needed documents, DWS staff will make every effort to work with DUA claimants to confirm their income information and expedite the claims-taking procedure.