Important New Benefits for the unemployed

Increased Unemployment Benefits

Congress has added an additional $600 per week on top of what the state pays. Besides this, they have extended unemployment payments} for four months instead of 3.

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

Congress has added an additional $600 per week on top of what the state pays. Besides this, they have extended unemployment payments} for four months instead of 3. ‚Äč On 3/18/2020, the Department of Labor set aside an additional an additional $100 million for workers who lost their jobs. 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 truly is free if you qualify. It's a terrific way to update your skills at no cost--even the exams are covered! The amount and availability vary by county, but this can be a godsend for The unemployed.

FAQ's

As things stand, you would add $600 to what the state gives you. At this time the maximum 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 unemployed.

Yes. The amount of time you can collect unemployment for has expanded from 3 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. It provides no cost training grants to help workers get trained, certified and placed in high demand careers such as IT, cyber-security, business intelligence, project management and more. The idea is that there are fields in which there are not enough qualified 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 no cost funding for job training in high demand fields to those who qualify for this grant. This training is intended to make your skills marketable so you can get hired and return to the workforce. This is a grant, not a loan. If you qualify, 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 3/18/2020 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 administer the program are closed to the public. A number of 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.