Lafourche Parish Government

Lafourche Parish residents whose jobs have been lost or interrupted a result of Hurricane Isaac are eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. The Louisiana Workforce Commission announced today that this assistance would be available in the parishes eligible for FEMA's individual disaster assistance. Lafourche Parish was added to that list of parishes on Saturday.

Those eligible must file Disaster Unemployment Assistance applications by the deadline of October 2, 2012. Applications submitted later may be denied. The program, federally funded but administered by the Louisiana Workforce Commission, is now accepting claims and will continue until the end of the 30-day filing period. All unemployment insurance claims can be filed at Those without internet access or who experience trouble filing online can call 1-866-783-5567.

To receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits, individuals must provide their Social Security number, proof of wages, and proof of employment, including the name and address of the last employer to the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Proof of employment must be received within 21 days from the filing date of the claim. Self-employed individuals must provide their business and financial records, including federal income tax returns for 2011.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to individuals for weeks of unemployment beginning Sept. 8, 2012, through March 2, 2013, as long as the claimant's unemployment continues to be a result of Hurricane Isaac. Benefits will not be paid for any period of unemployment before or after these dates. Before an individual can be determined eligible for this type of assistance, it must be established that the individual is not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits or extended unemployment compensation (under any state or federal law).

Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to unemployed U.S. nationals and qualified aliens who worked or were self-employed if they:

Worked or were self employed in or were scheduled to begin work or self employment in an area declared as a federal disaster area;

Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of a disaster;

Establish that the work or self employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income;

Do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits from any state;

Cannot perform work or self employment because of an injury, or because they were incapacitated as a direct result of the disaster;

Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of the household;

Cannot work or perform self employment due to closure of a facility by the federal government;

Lose a majority of income or revenue because the employer or self-employed business was damaged, destroyed, or closed by the federal government.

Suffering a monetary loss because of damage to property or crops does not automatically entitle an individual to DUA.

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