The deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is Wednesday, March 15, for residents of Livingston Parish affected by severe storms, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Disaster unemployment assistance is available from weeks of unemployment beginning Feb. 12, up to Aug.12, as long as the individual’s unemployment continues to be a result of the disaster.

To file for DUA, applicants should apply online at www.laworks.net or call the Benefits Analysis Team at (866) 783-5567 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Monday through Friday.

DUA is available to the following individuals who:

Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment.

Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster.

Establish that the work or self-employment they no longer can perform was their principal source of income.

Do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits from the state.

Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster.

Someone who became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of household.

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Applicants must submit their Social Security number, check stubs and documentation to support the claim that they were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred.

In some cases, additional documentation may be required.

Applications filed after the deadline, will be considered untimely and DUA benefits may be denied, unless the individual provides good cause for filing after that date.

Additional information is available at www.laworks.net.

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