South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, along with the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW), announced Tuesday that Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) will be made available for those who became unemployed as a direct result of the recent storm and subsequent flooding.
Counties eligible for DUA aid as of Thursday are Calhoun, Darlington, Florence, Kershaw, Lee, Berkeley, Clarendon, Sumter, Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland and Williamsburg. More counties may be added later.
DEW Executive Director Cheryl Stanton said workers and business owners in the Palmetto State may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits under the DUA program if the following criteria are met:
- Individuals are unemployed due to the disaster and do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits.
- Self-employed workers and small-business owners lost income due to the disaster.
- Individuals were prevented from working due to an injury caused by the disaster.
- Individuals became the major supplier of household income due to the disaster-related death or injury of the previous major supplier of household income.
- Individuals 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 were to begin employment or self-employment but were prevented by the disaster.
The week waiting period to file for benefits will be waived. VIsit www.dew.sc.gov for updates.