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Disaster unemployment pay available for workers & the self-employed in South Florida

Federal disaster unemployment assistance to workers and the self-employed affected by Hurricane Irma is available to residents of Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.

The deadline is Oct. 16 to file an application for disaster unemployment assistance for those whose work was lost or interrupted by the storm, according to Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity. To qualify, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Worked or were self-employed, or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment;
  • Are not able to work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to their place of employment as result of the disaster;
  • Can establish that the work or self-employment was their principal source of income;
  • Cannot perform work or self-employment because of oan injury or direct result of the disaster;
  • Became the breadwinner or major supporter of a household because of the death of the head of household.

Applicants cannot also qualify for regular unemployment benefits from any state, DEO said.

Disaster unemployment assistance is available for the weeks of Sept. 10 through March 17, 2018, as long as the individual’s unemployment continued to be a result of the disaster.

To file a claim, go to, or call 800-385-3920 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.. For claims information, call 800-204-2418 and choose option 2.

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Contact GK Group at (954) 684 2205 if you have any questions or concerns regarding property damages caused by the hurricane.

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