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Disaster unemployment assistance available for five counties in MS

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - People unable to work because of the storms may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. 

Storm victims in Attala, Choctaw, Holmes, Warren and Yazoo Counties in Mississippi, who were unable to work because of severe storms, tornadoes and flooding, may apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. 

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced Friday that people who live or work in one of the affected counties and could not work because of major destruction caused by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that began April 23 2010, are eligible to apply and could receive unemployment benefits. 

Self-employed individuals, who were living or working in the affected areas at the time of the major disaster, and those who are unemployed as a result of the major disaster, may be eligible for assistance. 

In addition, those who were unable to reach their jobs, because the disaster prevented their travel, or who were scheduled to begin employment, but the disaster prevented them from doing so, may apply.  

Individuals are eligible to apply for assistance if they: 

  • became the major support for a household because of the disaster-related death of the head of the household 
  • cannot work because of an injury caused as a direct result of the disaster 
  • could not work or lost work as a result of physical damage or destruction of a business  
  • are unable to work because of the physical inaccessibility of the place of employment due to its closure by the federal government 

You can apply online 24 hours a day at www.mdes.ms.gov or by calling toll-free, 1-888-844-3577 from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.  

The deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance is June 1, 2010. 

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