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Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is now available for Pennsylvanians who live or work in one of the eight counties impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The application deadline for claimants is October 20, 2021 or October 27, 2021, depending on county. File a claim online

Before You Get Started:

  • Filing for the same claim weeks on more than one program is considered fraud.
  • Please be careful when answering questions in the new UC system. Once an answer has been provided, you will not be able to change it in the system. If you accidentally select the incorrect answer, the only way to fix it and move forward on your claim is to call the UC Service center at 888-313-7284 or

​Unemployment Compensation

The Unemployment Compensation (UC ) program provides temporary income support if you

  • lose your job through no fault of your own, or
  • if you are working less than your full-time hours.

If you qualify, you will receive money for a limited time to help you meet expenses while you seek new employment. To be eligible for UC benefits, you must be a worker who performed services that are covered by the Pennsylvania UC Law.

Before you apply for UC

After you apply for UC

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

As of September 20, 2021, individuals in the following Pennsylvania counties are eligible to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance for damages sustained from the remnants of Hurricane Ida: 

    • Bedford
    • Bucks 
    • Chester 
    • Delaware 
    • Montgomery
    • Northampton 
    • Philadelphia 
    • York 

Individuals eligible for DUA benefits are those who work or live in one of the federally declared counties and lost their jobs directly due to the disaster. Those eligible may also include:  

  • Individuals unable to reach their job because they must travel through the affected area and are unable to do so because of the disaster.  
  • Individuals who were to begin employment but were prevented from doing so by the disaster.  
  • Individuals who became the major support for a household because of the death of the head of the household as a result of the disaster.  
  • Individuals who cannot work because of an injury caused as a direct result of the disaster.

Before an individual will be determined eligible for DUA, L&I must first establish that the individual is otherwise not eligible for regular unemployment compensation (UC) benefits under any state or federal law.

More information on the DUA program is available in the Disaster Unemployment Assistance Guide.

Have you lost your health insurance? Visit PA Insurance Department's Health Insurance Options webpage for information on options available to you and your family.