Lost your job because of Harvey? You could be eligible for unemployment

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- If you lost your job because of Hurricane Harvey, you can apply for unemployment benefits online.

You are eligible for disaster unemployment insurance if you meet one of the following criteria as a direct result of Hurricane Harvey:

  • You lost your job, which was more than 50% of your total income.
  • You live in, work in, or travel through the disaster area.
  • Your place of employment was damaged or closed.
  • You were scheduled to start work but the job no longer exists or you can no longer reach the new job.
  • You suffered injury or incapacitation.
  • You became the breadwinner or major support of the household due to the death of the head of household.

Disaster unemployment insurance is only available for a limited period of time that will be determined by FEMA regulators.

More information is available on the Texas Workforce Commission's website.

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