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Extended Disaster Unemployment Assistance Could Cover Workers Affected by April Storms

For immediate release
June 19, 2007

WETHERSFIELD – Connecticut workers impacted by the April 15 nor’easter that hit this state – and who in the past were not eligible to collect unemployment insurance benefits – may now be covered for that time period under an amended federal decision.

According to the Connecticut Department of Labor, following a request by Governor M. Jodi Rell to appeal an earlier federal decision, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has now ruled that residents of Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham counties are eligible for individual assistance.

“Disaster Unemployment Assistance, which is administered by states as agents of the federal government, provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment, or self-employment, has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster,” noted State Labor Commissioner Patricia Mayfield. “However, before an individual can be determined eligible for DUA, it must be established by the Labor Department that an individual is otherwise not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits under any state or federal law.”

Connecticut officials estimate the April 15 storm caused more than $43 million in damages statewide.

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