Unemployment and Employment Programs Available to Workers from Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi Affected by Hurricane Katrina [September 15, 2005] [open pdf - 70KB]
"A variety of unemployment and employment programs are available to unemployed workers in three of the states affected by Hurricane Katrina: Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Unemployment Compensation (UC)/Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are currently available to unemployed workers in these states. State unemployment taxes on employers pay for regular UC benefits. DUA benefits are federally funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered by the Department of Labor (DOL) through each state's UC agency. A contact list is provided for current or evacuated residents in order for them to apply for available unemployment benefits. Another income support program that may become available to workers is the Extended Benefit (EB) program. Currently the EB program in these states is not activated. This paper also briefly summarizes the most recent Temporary Extension of Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) program. As of this writing, there is no TEUC program available to workers affected by Hurricane Katrina. The EB and TEUC programs would provide extensions to UC benefits (although not to DUA benefits) if triggered or activated. This report includes a brief description of how states borrow funds to pay for UC benefits should the need arise. […]. Affected workers may be eligible for employment and job training programs authorized under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). These programs include National Emergency Grants (NEGs), which fund disaster relief employment, and adult and dislocated worker training. These programs are administered by DOL. This report also briefly describes relevant legislation introduced in the 109th Congress (S. 1637)."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33084