Important New Benefits for the unemployed
Frequently asked questions
As things stand, you would see what the state gives you and then add 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 earning before you were unemployed.
Yes. The amount of time you can get 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 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 fields in which there are not enough certified people and there are declining careers in which there are too many people. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) addresses 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 resume marketable so you can get a job 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 set aside 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. 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 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 unemployment has skyrocketed, some other counties have chosen instead to stop helping people get WIOA benefits until they reopen.