MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Governor Nikki Haley and the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce announced that Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) will be available to assist people in Marion and Orangeburg Counties, who became unemployed as a direct result of Hurricane Matthew, according to SCDEW's news release.
The program is also available to small business owners and the self-employed, including 1,099 contract workers, who lost personal income due to the disaster, the news release states.
Here are the eligibility requirements for the DUA program:
- 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
Individuals must first apply for regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. To apply, call 1-866-831-1724 or click here.
Applications must be in 30 calendar days from the date that the county was declared a disaster.