Following a federal disaster declaration due to the effects of Tropical Storm Fred, three North Carolina counties were approved for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA): Buncombe, Haywood and Transylvania counties.
Workers in these counties who became unemployed as a direct result of Tropical Storm Fred may be eligible for unemployment benefits under the DUA program. Business owners affected by the storm may also qualify for benefits.
The 30-day period to apply for DUA ends Oct. 10, 2021. People in Buncombe, Haywood and Transylvania counties who became unemployed as a direct result of Tropical Storm Fred may apply at des.nc.gov.
Applying for DUA
- First, all claimants are required to apply for state unemployment insurance benefits at https://des.nc.gov. If you are found ineligible for, or you have exhausted, state unemployment insurance benefits, you may file for DUA.
- To apply, you will need your Social Security number, copies of your 2020 federal income tax forms and check stubs, or documentation to support you were working or self-employed when the storm occurred.
- To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the DUA application is filed.
- Apply for state unemployment insurance benefits and DUA by creating an online account at des.nc.gov. For additional assistance, contact the Division of Employment Security DUA hotline at 866-795-8877.
Find FAQs and more information on the DES website.