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Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Extended to January 11, 2018

Release date: 
November 7, 2017
Release Number: 
DR 4339-PR NR 048

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –The United States Department of Labor extended the filing deadline for Disaster Unemployment Assistance claims related to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria to

January 11, 2018 based on Puerto Rico’s continued recovery from hurricane impacts.

Employees or self-employed individuals who became unemployed as a direct consequence of Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Maria may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. All 78 municipalities are authorized for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

Eligible workers may file a claim at http://www.trabajo.pr.gov/ or call the Puerto Rico Department of Labor call center at 787-945-7900, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information on Disaster Unemployment Assistance eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/10/25/4339/fact-sheet-survivors-may-be-eligible-disaster-unemployment-assistance.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS - Video Relay Service). (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters, which can cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged real estate and personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

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Last Updated: 
January 3, 2018 - 11:58