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Disaster Unemployment Benefits Extended for Survivors

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March 26, 2019
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GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Individuals who are still unemployed because of hurricanes Irma and María may be eligible to receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance, or DUA. This is a program managed by the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources, or PRDOL, and funded by FEMA.


Survivors currently receiving DUA may be eligible to extend their current benefits for up to 26 additional weeks. The extended deadline will also allow for individuals who may have not been aware of the availability of extended DUA benefits to file claims.


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


To verify eligibility for an extension and additional information on DUA, visit your local unemployment office, call the PRDOL at 787-945-7900 or visit Please note that DUA applications cannot be accepted through the internet.


On March 22, 2019, the Puerto Rico Department of Labor posted a public notice in local newspapers about the claim filing period extension.  The 60-day application period for the DUA extension will end Friday, May 24, 2019.


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


To date, approximately $18.2 million in benefits has been allocated for more than 9,600 disaster survivors in Puerto Rico.


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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March 26, 2019 - 14:33