Eligible Residents Must File Disaster Unemployment Claims Within 30 Days
(Wethersfield, CT) – Today, Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) Interim Commissioner Danté Bartolomeo announced that the agency has launched the federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program for those residents who experienced job interruption or loss due to the remnants of Hurricane Ida on September 1-2, 2021. President Biden approved Connecticut’s major disaster declaration on October 30, 2021 for Fairfield and New London Counties and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribal Nations—areas that experienced extreme rain and flooding. Under federal law, the filing deadline for Connecticut Disaster Unemployment Assistance is Monday, December 13, 2021.
Commissioner Bartolomeo said, “The heavy rainstorms from Hurricane Ida caused severe infrastructure and property damage in Connecticut; I applaud Governor Lamont, Commissioner Rovella, and our FEMA partners for responding quickly to secure this much-needed assistance for residents who were affected by the storm. We urge anyone who lived or worked in the path of the storm to carefully read the eligibility guidelines and, if they meet the program requirements, to start the application process right away. This will be a new program to many—Connecticut residents last used DUA 10 years ago after the October ice storm. The Consumer Contact Center, the American Job Centers, and the CTDOL website can help filers navigate the process.”
Disaster Unemployment Assistance is a federal program that supports workers whose employment was lost or interrupted by a major disaster declared by the president, and who are not eligible for regular state unemployment insurance benefits. DUA covers workers, some self-employed, and the surviving spouses of heads of household who died due to the storm. Hurricane Ida Disaster Unemployment Assistance requires claimants to file two applications—first for regular state unemployment benefits, and then, if found ineligible for regular state unemployment, the Disaster Unemployment Assistance application, which is available by calling the Consumer Contact Center.
To file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance, residents must:
- Live, work, or travel to work through impacted areas—Fairfield County, New London County, the Mohegan Tribal Nation, or the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.
- Have unemployment or reduced hours due to:
- storm damage to their place of business;
- road or other closures; or
- lack of work because the business depends on a non-operational entity within the affected area.
- Have proof of employment, documentation of wages, and earnings for the 2020 tax year.
- Have documentation of wages or lost earnings directly related to Hurricane Ida or have lost a spouse who files taxes as the head of household and who died due to the storm.
- File for and be ineligible for regular state unemployment benefits.
Claimants must first file for regular state unemployment benefits using the blue button on www.FileCTUI.com. Once a claimant is found ineligible for state benefits, they must then file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance by calling the Consumer Contact Center or their American Job Center.
Additional important information and instructions are on the CTDOL website.