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Gov. Haley secures Disaster Unemployment Assistance eligibility for 3 more counties

Source: SCDEW Source: SCDEW

The following is a news release from the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce:

Gov. Nikki Haley and the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) announced today that Bamberg, Colleton and Greenwood counties are eligible to receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) after FEMA approved them for individual assistance. This brings the total number of counties to 19.

The DUA program makes funds available to assist people who became unemployed as a direct result of last weekend’s storm and ensuing floods.

The other counties included are Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Darlington, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter and Williamsburg. Other counties may be added at a later date.

If you have questions regarding your eligibility, call 888-834-5890.

DEW Executive Director Cheryl Stanton said South Carolina workers may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits under the DUA program.

To be eligible, workers or business owners must meet one or more the following criteria:

  • Individuals who are unemployed due to the disaster, and do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits.
  • Self-employed individuals and small business owners who lost income due to the disaster.
  • Individuals who were prevented from working due to an injury caused by the disaster.
  • Individuals who have become the major supplier of household income due to the disaster-related death or injury of the previous major supplier of household income.
  • Individuals who are unable to reach their job or self-employment location because they must travel through the affected area and are prevented from doing so by the disaster.
  • Individuals who were to commence employment or self-employment but were prevented by the disaster.

Applicants can file immediately. Please check www.dew.sc.gov for updates on this program. Applicants have 30 days to file a claim under this program. Last day to file will be Nov. 5.

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