Important New Benefits for the unemployed

Increased Unemployment Benefits

Congress has added on an extra six hundred dollars per week on top of what the state pays. Besides this, they have lengthened the benefit} for four months instead of 3.

Easier Eligibility for unemployment benefits

Because of the Corona Virus pandemic, the federal government made changes to unemployment regulations, which will grant eligibility to those that would not have been eligible before. Cares Act Eligibility states that individuals who are self-employed, independent contractors and nonprofit employees, those that are otherwise ineligible for State Reemployment Assistance benefits and those that have exhausted state and federal benefits may be eligible. See links below to apply for unemployment. Note: You could be ineligible for state unemployment yet be eligible for federal assistance under the Cares Act.

More Funding for Dislocated Workers

Congress has added on an extra six hundred dollars per week on top of what the state pays. Besides this, they have lengthened the benefit} for four months instead of 3. ​ On 3/18/2020, the Department of Labor set aside an additional an extra $100 million for workers who lost their jobs. This varies from county to county, but depending whre you live, it can pay between $5,000 to $10,000 for you to get trained, certified and get can help you get placed. There is no cost to you--it truly is free if you qualify. It's a wonderful way to update your skills for free--even the exams are covered! The amount and whether it is available does vary by county, but this can be a boon for unemployed workers.

Increased Unemployment Benefits

Congress has added on an extra six hundred dollars per week on top of what the state pays. Besides this, they have lengthened the benefit} for four months instead of 3.

Easier Eligibility for unemployment benefits

Because of the Corona Virus pandemic, the federal government made changes to unemployment regulations, which will grant eligibility to those that would not have been eligible before. Cares Act Eligibility states that individuals who are self-employed, independent contractors and nonprofit employees, those that are otherwise ineligible for State Reemployment Assistance benefits and those that have exhausted state and federal benefits may be eligible. See links below to apply for unemployment. Note: You could be ineligible for state unemployment yet be eligible for federal assistance under the Cares Act.

More Funding for Dislocated Workers

Congress has added on an extra six hundred dollars per week on top of what the state pays. Besides this, they have lengthened the benefit} for four months instead of 3. ​ On 3/18/2020, the Department of Labor set aside an additional an extra $100 million for workers who lost their jobs. This varies from county to county, but depending whre you live, it can pay between $5,000 to $10,000 for you to get trained, certified and get can help you get placed. There is no cost to you--it truly is free if you qualify. It's a wonderful way to update your skills for free--even the exams are covered! The amount and whether it is available does vary by county, but this can be a boon for unemployed workers.

FAQ's

According to the new law, you would see what the state gives you and then add an additional $600. Right now the maximum in Florida is $275 per week. However, senators have recommended to governors to reduce this to a maximum of what you were earning before you were laid off.

Yes. The amount of time you can receive unemployment for has expanded from 3 months to four. They have also made it easier to qualify. (see below)

Because of the Corona Virus pandemic, the federal government made changes to unemployment regulations,  which will grant eligibility to those that would not have been eligible before.

Cares Act Eligibility states that individuals who are self-employed, independent contractors and nonprofit employees, those that are otherwise ineligible for State Reemployment Assistance benefits and those that have exhausted state and federal benefits may be eligible.

You can apply for reemployment assistance (unemployment) online: https://connect.myflorida.com

It is called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). it is a jobs program. It provides no cost training grants to help people get trained, certified and placed in high demand careers such as information technology, cyber-security, business analysis, project management and more. The idea is that there are careers in which there are not enough qualified people and there are declining careers in which there are too many people. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) addresses this problem by providing no cost funding for career training in high demand fields to those who are eligible for this grant. This training is designed to make your resume marketable so you can get hired and return to the workforce. This is a grant, not a loan. If you qualify, everything is included, even the exam. The amounts vary by county but can be as high as $10,000 in some areas.

They have added more funding to help more people get assistance. On 3/18/2020 The Department of Labor gave an additional $100 million for dislocated worker grants. Workforce programs also received more funding under the new law. Helping the unemployed back to work is a priority in order to jump start the economy once more.

Sadly, no. The CareerSource offices that oversee the program are closed . A number of counties, like Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties, have WIOA counselors working from home to work on these applications so dislocated workers can get the help they need. At this critical time when so many more people need help, some other counties have chosen instead to stop helping people get WIOA benefits until they reopen.

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