The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program provides unemployment benefits and re-employment services to individuals who have become unemployed because of major disasters. Benefits begin with the date the individual was unemployed due to the disaster incident and can extend up to 38 weeks after the Presidential declaration date. These benefits are made available to individuals not covered by other unemployment compensation programs, such as self-employed, farmers, migrant and seasonal workers, and those who have insufficient quarters to qualify for other unemployment compensation.
All unemployed individuals must register with the State’s employment services office before they can receive DUA benefits.Am I eligible?
To be eligible you must meet all of the below:
- Your unemployment must have been caused as a direct result of the disaster.
- You must live in, work in, or travel through the disaster area.
- Claim forms must be filed within 30 days of the State announcement of the availability of assistance.
- You are able and available for work, unless injured as a direct result of the disaster.
Online: You must complete an application process. Learn more at the North Dakota Job Service website.
Phone: 701-328-1152What do I need to file a claim?
You will need the following information to complete your claim.
- Social Security Number
- Copy of your 2010 federal income tax forms
- Business financial statements
- Pay stubs/vouchers
- Trip tickets
- Crop elevator receipts/credits
- Bank receipts
- Statement from their last employer affirming their employment at the time of the disaster
- Copy of a letter of hire
- Self-employed individuals and farmers also need a copy of Schedule C, F, SE or K with Form 1040
To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the date the claim was filed.