Press Release
August 6, 2020

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Approaching for Utahns

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 6, 2020) — The federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance application for Utahns will close on August 17, 2020. The program became available following President Donald Trump’s declaration that the earthquake and aftershocks in March and April of this year were a major disaster. The benefit is available for those whose employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of the disaster.

DUA is available to individuals who:

  • Do not qualify for traditional or CARES Act unemployment benefits from any state,
  • Are a citizen or have the appropriate documentation to work, or
  • Were directly impacted by the earthquakes and aftershocks in Salt Lake or Davis counties, which includes individuals who:
    • Were unable to reach their job or self-employment location because they must travel through the affected area and were prevented from doing so by the disaster,
    • Were scheduled to begin work or self-employment in Salt Lake or Davis counties,
    • Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the earthquake or aftershocks,
    • Demonstrate that the work or self-employment that can no longer be performed was their principal source of income,
    • Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster
    • Who became the breadwinner or major support of a household due to the death of the head of household because of the

To receive assistance, individuals in the designated disaster areas must complete an application by August 17, 2020. The application process can be started at The benefit is available for eligible individuals beginning March 22, 2020, through January 9, 2021, as long as unemployment continues to be a direct result of the disaster.

To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the DUA application is filed. Required documentation includes Social Security number, a copy of the 2019 federal income tax return, check stubs, and documentation to support that the applicant was working, self-employed, or was scheduled to begin work at the time that the disaster occurred.

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