People displaced by hurricane urged to file for unemployment

Cars with water up over the doors are parked in a downtown neighborhood after Hurricane Irma brought floodwaters to in Jacksonville, Fla. Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, (AP Photo/John Raoux)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say people from out of state who expect to be in Tennessee for an extended period because of damage to their homes or workplaces by Hurricane Irma can file for unemployment insurance.

Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burn Phillips said in a news release that the state wants to make sure people staying in Tennessee have information they need to receive unemployment benefits they’re entitled to.

The state says workers displaced by the hurricane should start the unemployment benefits filing process with the state where they work while temporarily residing in Tennessee. Florida’s site is . Call 800-297-0586 for technical issues. Georgia’s site is

Because the affected areas could be declared a federal disaster area, unemployment insurance may be available to people who typically wouldn’t be entitled to benefits.

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