NASHVILLE – Workers in Hamilton and Bradley counties can
now apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). President
Donald Trump declared the two counties major disaster areas (DR-
4541) after tornadoes heavily damaged the region earlier in April.
DUA provides temporary benefits to workers or self-employed
individuals whose livelihood was lost or interrupted as a direct result
of a major disaster and do not meet eligibility requirements for regular
The United States Department of Labor oversees and funds the
DUA program and it is administered by the Tennessee Department of
Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).
Claimants must meet certain criteria to become eligible for DUA
including; having one week of unemployment following the date of
the disaster, the individual was unable to reach their place of employment
after the disaster, the individual was scheduled to start work and
the job no longer exists, the individual became the major support because
the head of household died as a result of the disaster, or the individual
cannot work because of injuries sustained during the disaster.
Applications for DUA must be filed within 30 days of the announcement
of the availability of the program for the impacted area.
Claimants will need to provide proof of employment when applying
for DUA. They can use income tax returns, bank statements, pay
stubs, or work orders to verify employment. If the claimant cannot
provide proof of employment when initially applying, they have 21
calendar days from the time they file the claim to provide documentation.
Workers whose employment in Hamilton and Bradley counties
was impacted by the tornadoes can apply online for DUA through
www.Jobs4TN.gov. They can also call 844-432-0969 to apply by
DUA payments are generally paid for up to 26 weeks beginning
with the first week following the disaster began.
These benefits are subject to federal income tax and individuals
may elect to have those taxes withheld from the DUA payments.