Labor Dept. sees unemployment spike post-Sandy

Superstorm Sandy not only left thousands without a

Superstorm Sandy not only left thousands without a home, but it also left thousands more without a job.

THE BRONX - Superstorm Sandy not only left thousands without a home, but it also left thousands more without a job.

According to the Department of Labor, there were about 150,000 New Yorkers receiving unemployment before the storm hit, but 46,000 more applied for federal help in the week after Sandy.

Anyone left unemployed as a result of the storm is encouraged to submit a claim. Officials say you can qualify if you were injured in the disaster, your workplace was damaged or destroyed by the storm, or you can no longer get to work because Sandy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) has extended the deadline to apply for assistance to Feb. 4 of next year. 

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