Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Deadline nears to apply for jobless benefits related to flood

People in 15 Tennessee counties can still seek funds

June 8, 2010

 Residents of 15 counties have until Wednesday to apply for special jobless benefits related to the May storms and flooding.

This program is for people who don't qualify for regular state unemployment, such as self-employed workers, sole proprietors, business partners and farmers. Weekly benefits range from $114 to $275 for up to 26 weeks.

The eligible counties are Chester, Clay, DeKalb, Hardin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lewis, Macon, Robertson, Smith, Stewart, Trousdale, Wayne and Wilson.

Time has already run out for the first 27 counties declared disaster areas by FEMA: 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. Monday was the deadline for those counties

Do not file disaster unemployment assistance claims on the Internet. Call 615-253-0800, ext. 7599, or 1-877-813-0950, ext. 7599, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or report in person at a Career Center. For a list, go to www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/unemployment_dua.html.

If possible, individuals should have access to their 2009 income tax return, Social Security number and any papers with wage and employment information before the disaster.


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