Disaster Unemployment Assistance related to hurricanes extended
SAN JUAN – Individuals who have exhausted disaster unemployment assistance (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. The 60-day application period for the extension ends March 25.
“The National Employment Law Project estimates that more 10,000 Puerto Ricans are eligible and that lump-sum payments could total nearly $30 million, with overall individual payments ranging from $2,000 to $3,000,” the Associated Press reported.
It is managed by the Puerto Rico Labor Department and funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). To verify eligibility for an extension and additional information on DUA, visit an unemployment office, call the Puerto Rico Department of Labor at 787-945-7900 or visit trabajo.pr.gov.
Employment opportunities may be found through the American Job Center by visiting careeronestop.org/LocalHelp.
To date, approximately $18.2 million for benefits has been allocated for more than 9,000 disaster survivors, FEMA said.