RALEIGH, N.C. -- Although the deadline for disaster unemployment assistance passed on November 22, residents who were initially unemployed between September 18 and November 22 as a result of Hurricanes Floyd or Irene and who have not yet applied should visit their local Employment Security Commission (ESC) office.
Every applicant for disaster unemployment assistance will be first considered for regular unemployment insurance (UI). Many applicants who do not meet the criteria for regular UI are eligible for disaster benefits.
Deputy ESC Commissioner David Clegg encourages any unemployed victim of the hurricanes to visit their ESC office. "When they come to the Employment Security Commission, we can offer them an array of services," said Clegg. "Some people come in with no job, and we are sending them out to a new career. It is important that flood victims come in and access ESC financial assistance, job placement and referral services."
To be considered for disaster unemployment assistance, a person must meet the following criteria:
- No longer have a job, or
- Unable to reach the place of employment, or
- Was to start work in the major disaster area and the job no longer exists or you are unable to reach the job, or
- Became the breadwinner or major support of the family because the head of household died, or cannot work because of and injury incurred during the major disaster.
Besides disaster unemployment assistance, the ESC can help people with job training and referrals. Residents should not count themselves out. Unemployed disaster victims should call 1-888-834-6284 to find the nearest ESC office or to contact the ESC Unemployment Assistance Center.