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Pennsylvanians In Six Counties Impacted By Remnants Of Hurricane Ida Can Apply For Temporary Disaster Unemployment Assistance

PA Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier announced Monday, 9/20, that Pennsylvanians who live or work in one of the six counties, including Bucks, impacted by remnants of Hurricane Ida are eligible to apply for temporary Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) beginning today. 

The DUA assistance is a result of Governor Tom Wolf’s successful request to President Joe Biden to declare a major disaster in Pennsylvania following heavy rainfall, severe flash flooding, and tornadoes from the remnants of Ida that impacted Pennsylvania on August 31, 2021, through September 5, 2021.

The temporary DUA benefits are only available for individuals, including those who are self-employed, who are unemployed as a direct result of damages caused by remnants of Hurricane  Ida. 

Individuals eligible for DUA benefits are those who work or live in one of the federally declared counties and lost their jobs directly due to the disaster. Those eligible may also include: 

  • Individuals unable to reach their job because they must travel through the affected area and are unable to do so because of the disaster.
  • Individuals who were to begin employment but were prevented doing so by the disaster.
  • Individuals who became the major support for a household because of the death of the head of the household as a result of the disaster.
  • Individuals who cannot work because of an injury caused as a direct result of the disaster.

 Pennsylvanians whose employment is impacted for the reasons listed above under “DUA Eligibility” should file a claim online.

The deadline to apply for DUA benefits is October 20, 2021. 

Benefits for Self-Employed – Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) FAQs

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act creates a new temporary federal program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

In general, PUA provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals not eligible for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits, including those who have exhausted all rights to such benefits.

Individuals covered under PUA include the self-employed (e.g. independent contractors, gig economy workers, and workers for certain religious entities), those seeking part-time employment, individuals lacking sufficient work history, and those who otherwise do not qualify for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits.

The Department of Labor and Industry plans to start accepting applications this Friday, April 17th. This program (PUA Benefits) is separate from the standard unemployment program and requires a separate registration. There will be a new application link so please DON’T apply using the existing link or your claim will be rejected.

Once the program is open, people will be eligible to receive backdated payments to January 27, or the first week they were unable to work due to COVID-19, whichever of the two dates is later.