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Visit dew.sc.gov/DUAFAQs to see if you are eligible to receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance due to Hurricane Ian, learn how to apply, and more.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available for Three Counties Affected by Hurricane Ian

Wed, 11/23/2022

 

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available for Three Counties Affected by Hurricane Ian

Columbia, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster and S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce Executive Director Dan Ellzey have announced that individuals living or working in Charleston, Georgetown, and Horry counties now may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) funds, which will be made available through the unemployment insurance benefits system. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has identified individuals living or working in these three counties as being potentially eligible to receive DUA for the period of October 2, 2022 through May 27, 2023.

The DUA program makes funds available to assist people who became unemployed as a direct result of Hurricane Ian, which occurred on September 25, 2022. It is also available to small business owners and the self-employed, including 1099 contract workers, who have lost personal income due to the disaster.

If you lost work or were unemployed as a direct result of Hurricane Ian, then please go to the MyBenefits Portal in order to apply for DUA. You can also visit dew.sc.gov and click the MyBenefits Login in the first circle of the homepage to apply through the unemployment insurance benefits system. For help, please call 1-866-831-1724. The deadline to apply for DUA benefits is Wednesday, December 28, 2022.

Please note that any DUA applications filed after the deadline will be considered untimely and benefits may be denied. Applicants will be asked to submit information about their employment and other documentation to support the claim that they were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. You will have the ability to upload any documents required in your MyBenefits Portal account under the Documents tab.

Workers or business owners in the eligible counties who meet the following criteria may be eligible to receive a minimum of $134.00 and up to a maximum of $326.00 per week in DUA benefits:

  • Individuals who are unemployed due to the disaster, and do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits.
  • Self-employed individuals and small business owners who lost income due to the disaster.
  • Individuals who were prevented from working due to an injury caused by the disaster.
  • Individuals who have become the major supplier of household income due to the disaster-related death or injury of the previous major supplier of household income.
  • Individuals who are unable to reach their job or self-employment location because they must travel through the affected area and are prevented from doing so by the disaster.
  • Individuals who were to commence employment or self-employment but were prevented by the disaster.