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DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE UPDATE

updated 5/25/2010

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR FLOOD VICTIMS

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) unemployment benefits are available for workers in 45 Tennessee counties as a direct result of severe storms, flooding, straight-line winds, and tornadoes that began April 30, 2010.  The declaration for the State of Tennessee is FEMA-1909-DR.

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers the program on behalf of the federal government.  Individuals who are not covered for regular unemployment benefits may qualify for disaster unemployment benefits. This includes self-employed workers and others not covered by the state unemployment insurance program whose source of income has been interrupted by the disaster damage.  If possible, individuals should have access to their 2009 income tax return, Social Security Number, and any papers with wage and employment information prior to the disaster.

A claim must be filed by a specific deadline relative to their county.

The following counties have a June 7, 2010 deadline for filing for DUA unemployment claims:  Benton, Carroll, Cheatham, Crockett, Davidson, Decatur, Dickson, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Madison, Maury, McNairy, Montgomery, Obion, Perry, Rutherford, Shelby, Sumner, Tipton and Williamson.

The following counties have a June 9, 2010 deadline for filing for DUA unemployment claims: Chester, Clay, DeKalb, Hardin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lewis, Macon, Robertson, Smith, Stewart, Trousdale, Wayne and Wilson.

The following counties have a June 21, 2010 deadline for filing for DUA unemployment claims:  Cannon, Giles, and Marshall.

If your unemployment claim is a direct result of the disaster, do not file your unemployment claim by Internet to avoid delays.

Persons who are unemployed as a result of the severe storms, flooding, straight-line winds, and tornadoes that began April 30, 2010, who need to file an unemployment claim may call (615)253-0800, extension 7599 locally or 1-877-813-0950, extension 7599, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or report in person to one of the following TDLWD Career Centers. Designated Career Centers take claims on Mondays at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; and Fridays at 8:30 a.m.

The following Career Centers will be taking unemployment claims as a result of the disaster. These are the 22 career centers that take mass lack-of-work claims on a regular basis.
  

Athens

410 Congress Parkway

Bristol

1712 West State Street

Chattanooga

5600 Brainerd Road, Suite A-5

Clarksville

Veterans Plaza, 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 406

Columbia

119 Nashville Highway, Suite 106, Northway Shopping Ctr.

Cookeville

3300 Williams Enterprise Drive

Crossville

60 Ridley Street

Dyersburg

439 McGaughey Street

Gallatin

175 College Street

Humboldt

1481 Mullins Street

Jacksboro

1016 Main Street

Jackson

362 Carriage House Drive

Johnson City

2515 Wesley Street

Knoxville

1610 University Avenue

Lawrenceburg

702 Mahr Avenue

McMinnville

107 Lyon Street

Murfreesboro

1313 Old Fort Parkway

Nashville

2200 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. (previously Metro Center Blvd.)

Paris

1023 Mineral Wells Avenue, Suite F

Rogersville

1112 East Main Street

Talbott/Morristown

6057 W. Andrew Johnson Highway, Alpha Square, Suite A

Tullahoma

111 East Lincoln Street


Residents in Shelby, Fayette, Lauderdale and Tipton counties should apply for unemployment benefits in the following Career Centers that process walk-in unemployment claims from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday:

Memphis - Mendenhall

5368 Mendenhall Mall

Memphis - Raleigh

2850 Austin Peay Hwy., Suite 132

Memphis - Poplar          

1295 Poplar Avenue

Collierville                   

942 West Poplar, Suite 4

Somerville                 

121 West Court Square

Ripley                         

301C Lake Drive

Covington                    

724 East Lucky Plaza Hwy 51N


Weekly DUA benefit amounts are determined in the same way as regular unemployment benefits. Benefits range from $114 to $275 per week and are payable up to 26 weeks after the day of declaration, which was May 4, 2010. DUA benefits will end if unemployment is no longer the direct result of the disaster.

For updates, please check our agency’s Web site at www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/