New York, NY -- The deadline for those affected by the Sept. 11 WTC attack to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been extended until November 16, disaster recovery officials announced today.
"There is still a need for DUA," said Ted Monette, federal coordinating officer. "People are still coming to terms with the economic affects of this tragedy, and we want to give them every opportunity to get the help they need."
"Many people who apply for regular unemployment assistance will receive benefits under that program," said Edward F. Jacoby, Jr., state coordinating officer. "But there are people who wouldn't ordinarily be eligible for unemployment who will need the help offered through DUA."
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.
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.