Corona Virus-Unemployment and Benefits

Important New Benefits for the unemployed

Increased Unemployment Benefits

The United States government has added on an extra $600 per week on top of what the state pays. On top of this, they have extended unemployment benefits} for four months instead of three.

Easier Eligibiliy

With unprecedented unemployment due to the Corona Virus pandemic, US Congress made changes to unemployment , which will allow people to be eligible 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

More Funding for Dislocated Workers

The United States government has added on an extra $600 per week on top of what the state pays. On top of this, they have extended unemployment benefits} for four months instead of three. ‚Äč On March 18th, 2020, the Department of Labor budgeted an extra $100 million for workers who lost their jobs. This varies depending which county you live in, but it can pay between $5,000 to $10,000 for you to get trained, certified and get assistance with job placement. There is no cost to you--it really is free if you are eligible. It's a terrific way to update your skills for free--even the exams are included! The size of the grant and availability vary by county, but this can be a boon for unemployed workers.

FAQ's

As things stand, you would add $600 to what the state gives you. Right now the top amount in Florida is $275 per week. However, senators have recommended to governors to cap this to a maximum of what you were making before you were laid off.

Yes. The period of time you can get unemployment benefits for has increased from three months to four. They have also made it easier to qualify. (see below)

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.

It is called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). it is a jobs program. WIOA provides no cost training grants to aid people get trained, certified and placed in big demand fields such as IT, cyber-security, business analysis, project management and more. The idea is that there are fields in which there are not enough qualified people and there are declining fields in which there are too many people. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) tries to fix this issue by providing no cost funding for job training in big demand fields to those who qualify for this grant. This training is designed to make your skills marketable so you can get a job and return to the workforce. This is a grant, not a loan. If you are eligible, everything is paid for, even the exam. The amounts vary by county but can be as high as $10,000 depending where you live.

They have increased funding to help more people get assistance. On March 18th, 2020 The Department of Labor set aside an additional $100 million for dislocated worker grants. The recent law that just passed added more funding for workforce programs. Helping people get back to work is of greatest importance in order to jump start the economy again.

Sadly, no. The CareerSource offices that run the WIOA program are closed to the public. 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 unemployment has skyrocketed, some other counties have decided instead to stop processing applications until they reopen.