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Gov. Haley secures Disaster Unemployment Assistance eligibility for Marion, Fairfield counties

Source: SCDEW Source: SCDEW

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Governor Nikki Haley announced Wednesday that two more counties are eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) after FEMA approved them for individual assistance.

People in Marion County and Fairfield County along with 20 other counties in South Carolina who became unemployed as a direct result of the storm and flooding are now qualified for funds under the DUA program.

This is also available for small business owners, self-employed individuals, and 1099 contract workers who lost income because of the disaster.

The 20 other counties available for DUA are the following:

  • Bamberg
  • Berkeley
  • Calhoun
  • Charleston
  • Clarendon
  • Colleton
  • Darlington
  • Dorchester
  • Florence
  • Greenwood
  • Georgetown
  • Horry
  • Kershaw
  • Lee
  • Lexington
  • Newberry
  • Orangeburg
  • Richland
  • Sumter
  • Williamsburg

Workers or businesses must meet one or more of the following criteria to be eligible:

  • 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 are able to file immediately. Visit www.dew.sc.gov for updates on the DUA program.

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