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Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance Benefits Available to Those Out of Work due to Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits are available for people out of work due to the effects of Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee.

Although the deadline to apply for assistance due to Hurricane Irene was Oct. 14, there is still time to file for help if you are out of work because of damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene and you do not qualify for any other form of unemployment compensation.

If you became unemployed due to the effects of the tropical storm in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Northampton, or Philadelphia counties, you must apply no later than Oct. 27, 2011.

You may file for DUA benefits by calling 877-345-3382, from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.