Important New Benefits for the unemployed

Increased Unemployment Benefits

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

Easier Eligibility for unemployment benefits

With soaring unemployment because of the Corona Virus pandemic, Congress made changes to unemployment , 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 tacked on an extra six hundred dollars per week on top of what the state pays. Besides this, they have lengthened unemployment benefits} for four months instead of 3. On 3/18/2020, the Department of Labor added an extra $100 million for workers who lost their jobs. Depending on which county you live in, the grant 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 great way to update your skills for free--even the exams are covered! The size of the grant and whether it is available does vary by county, but this can be a windfall for The unemployed.

Increased Unemployment Benefits

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

Easier Eligibility for unemployment benefits

With soaring unemployment because of the Corona Virus pandemic, Congress made changes to unemployment , 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 tacked on an extra six hundred dollars per week on top of what the state pays. Besides this, they have lengthened unemployment benefits} for four months instead of 3. On 3/18/2020, the Department of Labor added an extra $100 million for workers who lost their jobs. Depending on which county you live in, the grant 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 great way to update your skills for free--even the exams are covered! The size of the grant and whether it is available does vary by county, but this can be a windfall for The unemployed.

Frequently asked questions

With this new law, you would see what the state gives you and then tack on an additional $600. Right now the top amount in Florida is $275 per week. However, senators have urged governors to cap this to a maximum of what you were earning before you were unemployed.

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

With soaring unemployment because of the Corona Virus pandemic, Congress made changes to unemployment ,  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 big demand careers such as IT, 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 job training in big 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 get back into the workforce. This is a grant, not a loan. If you qualify, everything is covered, 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 those who lost their jobs. On 3/18/2020 The Department of Labor gave an additional $100 million for dislocated worker grants. The recent law that just passed added more funding for workforce programs. Helping the unemployed back to work is of greatest importance in order to jump start the economy again.

Unfortunately, no. The CareerSource offices that oversee the program are closed . A number of counties, like Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties, have employees 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 processing applications until they reopen.

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