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Unemployment benefits after a disaster

Disaster unemployment benefits provide short-term income to people who are out of work due to a disaster. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.

Find out if you are eligible for disaster unemployment benefits

You may qualify for disaster unemployment benefits if you:

  • Lost your job as a direct result of a presidentially declared disaster
  • Do not already receive unemployment benefits
  • Cannot reach your job because of the disaster
  • Cannot work because of a disaster-related injury

How to apply for disaster unemployment benefits

Each state sets its own process to apply for unemployment benefits. Contact your state unemployment office to learn how to apply.

Find your state's unemployment office

LAST UPDATED: July 19, 2024


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