(DES MOINES) Iowans living or working in Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona and Pottawattamie counties, recently declared disaster areas, may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits under the federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance program. The federal government declared these five counties as a weather-related disaster area eligible for individual assistance, in October for flooding.
Claims need to be filed by November 28, 2011. The benefits cover self-employed workers not usually entitled to unemployment insurance, including Iowa farmers. People applying for DUA need to provide proof of past earnings, such as business records or bank statements and their most recent income tax form, at the time they file their claim.
Any IowaWORKS Center can accept DUA claims, including IowaWORKS in Council Bluffs and Sioux City. The number for the Council Bluffs office is 712-242-2100. The number for the Sioux City office is 712-233-9030.
Additionally, individuals can file a regular unemployment claim online at www.iowaworkforce.org and include “DUA Claim” in the notes section.
In addition to assistance filing a DUA claim, IowaWORKS Centers offer reemployment services, including testing, counseling and placement. Job search and career information also is available through Iowa Workforce Development’s Web site at www.iowaworkforce.org.
Iowa Workforce Development