LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Three additional Arkansas counties have been authorized for disaster unemployment assistance.
On June 28, Prairie, White and Woodruff counties were added to the list of Arkansas counties authorized for Disaster Unemployment Assistance as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that began on April 26, 2017 through May 19, 2017.
At the request of Governor Asa Hutchinson, a federal disaster declaration was previously issued designating Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Faulkner, Fulton, Jackson, Lawrence, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Washington and Yell counties as federal disaster areas.
Individuals who have temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits (such as self-employed individuals) may be eligible for DUA, which provides unemployment benefits up to 33 weeks. The first possible week of compensation for DUA purposes is the week ending May 6, 2017 and the last possible week of compensation is the week ending December 16, 2017.
DUA claims may be filed at the following DWS offices with a filing period of July 6-August 4:
-Prairie County Forrest City Local Office, 300 Eldridge Road, Suite 2 (870) 633-2900
-Helena Local Office, 839 Newman Drive (870) 338-7415
-White County Searcy Local Office, 500 West Arch Avenue (870) 268-8601
-Woodruff County Newport Local Office, 7648 Victory Blvd., Suite B (870) 523-3641
Filing Period from June 20 through July 19:
-Benton County Rogers Local Office, 100 North Dixieland Road (479) 636-4755
-Boone County Harrison Local Office, 818 North Hwy 62-65 (870) 741-8236
-Carroll County Harrison Local Office, 818 North Hwy 62-65 (870) 741-8236
-Clay County Paragould Local Office, 1015 Linwood Dr., Ste 4 (870) 236-8512
-Faulkner County Conway Local Office, 1500 N. Museum Road, Suite 111 (501) 730-9897
-Fulton County Batesville Local Office, 396 Barnett Drive (870) 793-4156
-Jackson County Newport Local Office, 7648 Victory Blvd., Suite B (870) 523-3641
-Lawrence County Jonesboro Local Office, 2311 East Nettleton (870) 935-5594
-Pulaski County Little Rock Local Office, 5401 S. University (501) 682-8030
-Jacksonville Local Office, #2 Crestview Plaza (501) 982-3835
-Randolph County Jonesboro Local Office, 2311 East Nettleton (870) 935-5594
-Saline County Benton Local Office, 400 Edison Ave. (501) 776-2974
-Washington County Fayetteville Local Office, 2143 W. Martin Luther King (479) 521-5730
-Yell County Russellville Local Office, 104 S. Rochester Ave. (479) 968-2784
Claims for the three new counties must be filed between July 6, 2017 and August 4, 2017, at DWS offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Claims for the thirteen counties announced on June 19, 2017 must be filed by July 19, 2017. DWS offices will also provide re-employment assistance where appropriate. Claims filed after the deadline will be considered untimely and benefits denied, unless the individual provides good cause for filing after that date.
To be eligible for benefits, individuals must have worked or have been scheduled to work in the disaster area, but because of the disaster, they no longer have a job, a place to work in the area or could not get to their place of work because of disaster damage. They also may qualify if they have been prevented from working because of an injury or illness resulting from the disaster or if they have become the head of household and need employment because the head of the household died as a result of the disaster. This benefit also may be available to self-employed individuals who have lost all or part of their livelihood as a result of the disaster.
Each claim is considered individually; therefore, individuals who believe they may be eligible should bring a copy of their government issued photo identification, Social Security card, the name and address of their last place of employment, and documents verifying income, such as income tax statements, recent pay stubs, W-2 forms or other proof of net income for 2016.
DWS officials understand that because of property losses some claimants may not have the necessary 2016 income information. Although some delays may result without this information, DWS staff will make every effort to work with DUA claimants to confirm their income information and expedite the claims-taking procedure.