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Date:November 24, 2008
Contact:Public Relations @ (225) 342-3035

FEMA Approves $2.5 Million for Disaster Unemployment Claims
Claimants to begin receiving payments this week

BATON ROUGE The Louisiana Workforce Commission today announced that it has been approved to receive an additional $2.5 million from FEMA to pay Disaster Unemployment Assistance claims resulting from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

The Commission has been paying DUA benefits to 1,310 claimants, but payments had been delayed for 2,800 others pending the release of funds from the federal government.

Of the $2.5 million, $500,000 will be released for payment this week. This puts the total at around $1.3 million paid to 4,110 claimants in the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program. The remaining funds will be used to pay continuing claims.

The Commission will begin processing those payments this week, and claimants should expect to see benefits by the end of the week.

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