LITTLE ROCK — People who have become unemployed as a result of severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred in 13 Arkansas counties in April and May may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance, state Department of Workforce Services Director Daryl Bassett said Monday.
Claims can be filed at DWS offices in Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Faulkner, Fulton, Jackson, Lawrence, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Washington and Yell counties, Bassett said in a news release.
Assistance is available for people who temporarily lost employment because of severe weather that occurred in those counties between April 27 and May 19 and do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits, such as people who are self-employed.
People filing claims should bring their government-issued photo identification, Social Security card, the name and address of their last place of employment, and documents verifying their income, such as income tax statements, pay stubs or W-2 forms. The agency will work with people who have lost their income information because of the storms.
Disaster unemployment assistance provides benefits for up to 33 weeks. The first possible week of compensation is the week ending May 6 and the last possible week of compensation is the week ending Dec. 16.
Claims must be filed no later than July 19. A claim filed after the deadline will be denied unless the person shows good cause for filing late.
DWS offices also will provide re-employment assistance where appropriate.