New York, NY -- In response to the far-reaching impact of the Sept. 11 attack, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is being made available to individuals whose employment was directly affected.
"The WTC attack had such a broad impact on this country," said Edward F. Jacoby, Jr., state coordinating officer. "It has especially affected the economy. We really want people whose work was directly impacted by this disaster to call. Experts will help determine who may be qualified for disaster unemployment assistance under this program."
The DUA program extends coverage to the self-employed, business owners, workers who lost employment as a direct result of the disaster, and to those who are otherwise not eligible for New York State unemployment program benefits.
DUA, made available by President Bush's Sept. 11 disaster declaration, is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is administered through the New York State Department of Labor.
To apply for regular unemployment insurance or DUA, residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut should call the New York State Department of Labor Telephone Claims Line at 1-888-209-8124. Residents of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and other states should call the New York State Department of Labor Telephone Claims Line at 1-877-358-5306. Lines are open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Applicants should have their Social Security numbers as well as their earnings and employment history available when they call.