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Additional Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available for Survivors

Release date: 
January 23, 2019
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GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Individuals who have exhausted Disaster Unemployment Assistance, or DUA, may be eligible for up to 26 weeks of additional continued unemployment benefits.


DUA is for employees or self-employed individuals who became unemployed as a direct consequence of hurricanes Irma or Maria in 2017.


It is managed by the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and funded by FEMA. To verify eligibility for an extension and additional information on DUA, visit your local unemployment office, call the Puerto Rico Department of Labor at 787-945-7900 or visit


On Jan. 22, the Puerto Rico Department of Labor posted a public notice in local newspapers about the benefits extension.  The 60-day application period for the DUA extension will end Friday, March 25, 2019.


Survivors may search for employment opportunities through the American Job Center by visiting


To date, approximately $18.2 million for benefits has been allocated for more than 9,000 disaster survivors.


For more on Puerto Rico’s recovery, visit




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-FEMA (3362) 711/VRS - Video Relay Service. Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish). TTY call 800-462-7585.


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Last Updated: 
January 23, 2019 - 10:56