Important New Benefits for the unemployed

Increased Unemployment Benefits

Our Congress has added an extra six hundred dollars per week in addition to what the state pays. On top of this, they have extended the benefit} for four months instead of three.

Easier Eligibility

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. Note--you could be ineligible for state unemployment but eligible for federal benefits.

More Funding for Dislocated Workers

Our Congress has added an extra six hundred dollars per week in addition to what the state pays. On top of this, they have extended the benefit} for four months instead of three. ‚ÄčOn March 18th, 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 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 amount and whether it is available does vary by county, but this can be a windfall for The unemployed.

Frequently asked questions

As things stand, you would see what the state gives you and then tack on an additional $600. At this time the maximum in Florida is $275 per week. However, senators have recommended to governors to reduce this to a maximum of what you were making before you were unemployed.

Yes. The length of time you can get unemployment benefits for has expanded 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 free training grants to help workers 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 careers in which there are not enough qualified workers and there are declining fields in which there are too many people. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) tries to fix this problem by providing free funding for job training in big demand fields to those who qualify 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 are eligible, 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 March 18th, 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. Getting people back to work is of greatest importance in order to jump start the economy once more.

Unfortunately, no. The CareerSource offices that run the program are closed to the public. Some 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 workers have lost their jobs, some other counties have chosen instead to stop helping people get WIOA benefits until they reopen.