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State of Texas
Texas Workforce Commission
News Release
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

East Texans affected by March storms can apply for assistance
Disaster Unemployment Assistance available for Jasper, Newton and Orange counties

AUSTIN –The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as a result of the Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA 4266-DR) for workers in Jasper, Newton and Orange counties who lost their jobs or self-employed individuals who have been unable to work due to damage sustained from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that began

March 7, 2016. Severe weather, including destructive flooding and tornadoes, has devastated multiple counties and hundreds of homes and businesses have been lost, resulting in disaster-related unemployment. Applications for DUA must be submitted by April 20, 2016. TWC’s website contains more information about Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

Individuals affected by the recent severe storms in these counties can apply for benefits online through Unemployment Benefit Services or by calling a TWC Tele-Center Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 800-939-6631. Individuals should specify that their applications are related to the damage caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding in Jasper, Newton and Orange counties.

DUA, which is unemployment insurance benefits made available especially for victims of disaster, is available to individuals who:

  • Have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits from any state, or do not qualify for unemployment benefits

  • Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment in the disaster area,

  • Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster

  • Establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income

  • Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster

  • Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of household

Individual assistance provides affected residents and businesses in the aforementioned counties access to federal disaster aid programs including unemployment benefits for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster or self-employed individuals. The individual assistance applies solely to Jasper, Newton and Orange counties. Applications filed after April 20, 2016, will be considered untimely, unless the individual provides good cause for applying after the deadline.

Remembering Jim Guidry

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