- Associated Press - Saturday, November 26, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - The state’s labor commissioner says workers in three Georgia counties have until Monday to file initial federal claims for loss of income that resulted directly from Hurricane Matthew.

Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says people in Evans, Liberty and Long counties can file initial claims for disaster unemployment assistance benefits to make up for income loss directly caused by the storm from Oct. 4-15.

The disaster unemployment assistance program is a federal program. It was set up to help workers whose primary income is lost or interrupted because of a disaster declared by the president.

People directly affected by the hurricane must first apply for regular unemployment insurance with the state department of labor, which will notify them if they are also eligible to file for the federal assistance.

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