Corona Virus-Unemployment and Benefits

Important New Benefits for the unemployed

Increased Unemployment Benefits

Congress has tacked on an additional $600 every week on top of what the state pays. Besides this, they have extended unemployment benefits} for 4 months instead of three.

Easier Eligibiliy

With soaring unemployment due to the Corona Virus pandemic, the federal government made changes to unemployment regulations, which will allow people to be eligible that would not have qualified 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

Congress has tacked on an additional $600 every week on top of what the state pays. Besides this, they have extended unemployment benefits} for 4 months instead of three. ‚ÄčOn March 18th, 2020, the Department of Labor added an additional $100 million for dislocated workers. Depending on which county you live in, it can pay between $5,000 to $10,000 for you to get trained, certified and get help with job placement. There is no cost to you--it really is free if you qualify. It's a excellent 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 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 making before you were laid off.

Yes. The length of time you can receive 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. It provides free training grants to help workers get trained, certified and placed in high demand fields 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 fields in which there are too many people. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) addresses this issue by providing free 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 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 increased funding to help those who lost their jobs. On March 18th, 2020 The Department of Labor set aside 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 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 a time when so many more people need help, some other counties have decided instead to stop processing applications until they reopen.