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Nov. 3 deadline set for workers in two Georgia counties to file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

Release Date: Oct. 26, 2017


ATLANTA – Workers in two Georgia counties affected by Hurricane Irma have until Nov. 3 to file initial claims for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) to compensate for loss of income directly resulting from the storm.  

The affected counties are Coffee and Charlton.   Any claim filed after Nov. 3 will not be eligible to be paid benefits without extenuating circumstances.

DUA is a federal program established to help workers whose primary income is lost, or interrupted, as a direct result of a disaster declared by the President. It differs from regular state unemployment insurance in that it provides benefits to people who are self-employed, farmers, diversified farming operators, loggers, commission-paid employees, and others who are not eligible under the state’s program. The maximum weekly benefit amount is $330.

Individuals in the authorized counties who were directly affected by Irma must first apply for regular unemployment insurance on the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) website at   or in-person at any GDOL career center. The GDOL will notify claimants if they are also eligible to file for DUA.

When applying for DUA benefits, verification of income may be required. Applicants should be prepared to provide proof of earnings for the most recently completed tax year. Acceptable proof of earnings includes copies of most recent completed income tax returns, copies of quarterly estimated income tax payment records, or similar documents.

DUA benefits may also be available to individuals who become the breadwinner, or who provide major financial support, for a household because the head of household died as a direct result of the hurricane. Individuals applying for benefits under such circumstances must present proof of the death of the head of household, such as a death certificate or affidavit.

While applications may be filed at any GDOL career center, those in the two-county-disaster area are the Douglas Career Center, 70 Lockwood Dr., (912) 389-4254 and the Waycross Career Center, 600 Plant Ave. (888) 741-6215.  To find the locations of other career centers, visit

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