Workers in Four Counties Eligible for Disaster Unemployment Insurance

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 | 09:32 am
benefit claims must be filed within 30 days
NASHVILLE – Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are available to workers in Bradley, Greene, Hamilton, and Washington counties who are out of work as a direct result of severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and associated flooding for the incident period of April 25, 2011, to April 28, 2011, Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development Karla Davis reported today. The declaration number is FEMA-1974-DR. 
"Since 1974, the federal government has been authorized to provide financial assistance to individuals who are unemployed as a direct result of a declared major disaster and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits,” said Commissioner Davis. “This agency stands ready to promptly administer this special program to our fellow Tennesseans in need." 
The Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers the program on behalf of the federal government. According to Commissioner Davis, persons unemployed as a direct result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and associated flooding must file their claim for DUA benefits within 30 days of this announcement.
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 2010 income tax return, social security number, and any papers with wage and employment information prior to the disaster.
Weekly DUA benefit amounts are determined in the same way as regular unemployment benefits. Benefits range from $112 to $275 per week and are payable up to 26 weeks after the day of declaration, which was May 1, 2011.  DUA benefits will end if unemployment is no longer the direct result of the disaster.
If your unemployment claim is a direct result of the disaster, do not file your unemployment claim by the Internet to avoid delays.
Persons who are unemployed as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and associated flooding for the incident period of April 25, 2011, to April 28, 2011, who need to file a Tennessee unemployment claim or DUA claim may call 615-253-0800, extension 7599, or 1-866-331-1271, extension 7599, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or report in person to one of the following Tennessee Career Centers. 
 The following 22 Tennessee Career Center locations take mass lack-of-work claims on Mondays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m.    
410 Congress Parkway
1712 West State Street
5600 Brainerd Road, Suite A-5
Veterans Plaza, 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 406
119 Nashville Highway, Suite 106, Northway Shopping Ctr.
580 South Jefferson Ave., Suite A
60 Ridley Street
439 McGaughey Street
175 College Street
1481 Mullins Street
1016 Main Street
362 Carriage House Drive
Johnson City
2515 Wesley Street
1610 University Avenue
702 Mahr Avenue
107 Lyon Street
1313 Old Fort Parkway
2200 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. (previously Metro Center Blvd.)
1023 Mineral Wells Avenue, Suite F
1112 East Main Street
6057 W. Andrew Johnson Highway, Alpha Square, Suite A
111 East Lincoln Street
If persons affected by the disaster have relocated to Shelby, Fayette, or Tipton counties, they should apply for unemployment benefits in the following Tennessee Career Centers that process walk-in unemployment claims from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday:
Memphis - Mendenhall
5368 South Mendenhall Mall
Memphis - Raleigh
2850 Austin Peay Hwy., Suite 132
Memphis - Poplar
1295 Poplar Avenue
942 West Poplar, Suite 4
121 West Court Square
301C Lake Drive
973 Highway 51 North Bypass
For updates, please check our agency’s Web site at
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