Corona Virus-Unemployment and Benefits

Important New Benefits for the unemployed

Increased Unemployment Benefits

The US Congress has tacked on an extra $600 per week on top of what the state pays. Besides this, they have lengthened unemployment payments} for 4 months instead of three.

Easier Eligibiliy

With skyrocketing unemployment due to the Corona Virus pandemic, the federal government made changes to unemployment regulations, which will grant eligibility to those that would not have been able to receive benefits 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 US Congress has tacked on an extra $600 per week on top of what the state pays. Besides this, they have lengthened unemployment payments} for 4 months instead of three. ‚Äč On 3/18/2020, the Department of Labor added an extra $100 million for dislocated workers. 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 really is free if you qualify. It's a terrific way to update your skills for free--even the exams are included! The amount and whether it is available does vary by county, but this can be a boon for unemployed workers.

Frequently asked questions

As things stand, you would see what the state gives you and then tack on an additional $600. Currently the maximum 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 laid off.

Yes. The amount of time you can collect unemployment benefits for has increased from three months to 4. 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 free training grants to assist workers get trained, certified and placed in big demand careers such as information technology, cyber-security, business analysis, project management and more. The idea is that there are fields in which there are not enough certified workers and there are declining careers in which there are too many people. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) addresses this problem by providing free 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 a job and get back into the workforce. This is a grant, not a loan. If you qualify, 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 set aside 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. Getting people back to work is of greatest importance in order to jump start the economy once more.

Sadly, no. The CareerSource offices that run the 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 assistance. At this critical time when so many workers have lost their jobs, some other counties have decided instead to stop processing applications until they reopen.