Lenexa, KS -- Residents in Haskell, Meade and Seward counties, who sustained damage from tornadoes in May, have only one more week to apply for disaster unemployment assistance. June 27 is the last day unemployment assistance applications will be accepted. Residents should call the Kansas Department of Human Resources unemployment insurance toll free number 1-800-292-6333 to determine eligibility under the program.
The DUA program extends coverage to people ineligible for unemployment compensation under the regular state unemployment insurance program. Those who may qualify include unemployed self-employed persons, farm workers, farm and ranch owners, agricultural producers, commission-paid employees and others not covered by regular programs that lost work as a result of the storms. Individuals who are not sure if they qualify under this program should apply anyway to ensure that everyone who is eligible is assisted.
Persons applying for unemployment benefits should be able to provide proof of past earnings at the time they file a claim, such as business records or bank statements and recent income tax forms. The Department of Human Resources will also assist DUA claimants in finding re-employment through testing, counseling, and placement services.