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For Immediate Release
September 7, 2011

Tara Reardon, Commissioner
NH Employment Security
(603) 228-4000

Individuals Affected by Hurricane Irene Encouraged to Apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance

CONCORD - Unemployment Insurance may be available for individuals affected by Hurricane Irene. If you have been displaced from your job because your place of employment has been flooded you may be eligible to collect Unemployment Benefits. To file a claim, log on to nhuis.nh.gov/claimant, contact our Call Center at 1-800-266-2252 Sunday - Friday 8:00 to 4:30, or go to the local office in your area.

Tara Reardon, Commissioner of NH Employment Security, stated, "Individuals who were living or working in the areas affected by Hurricane Irene may be eligible for assistance under the Unemployment Compensation Program. We encourage these individuals to file for this assistance as soon as possible as New Hampshire Unemployment Law requires claims to be initiated in the week you want to file. Assistance may also be available for self-employed individuals if President Obama declares New Hampshire eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The public will be notified as soon as possible if additional unemployment assistance options become available. There are time limits to filing for DUA so those claims should also be filed as soon as possible."

NHES staff is providing employment services, unemployment information and referrals to suitable work opportunities to assist individuals who are unemployed as a result of Hurricane Irene in obtaining suitable work as soon as possible.

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