Important New Benefits for the unemployed

Increased Unemployment Benefits

The US Congress has added an additional $600 per week in addition to what the state pays. Besides this, they have lengthened unemployment payments} for 4 months instead of 3.

Easier Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits

Due to the Corona Virus pandemic, US Congress made changes to unemployment regulations, which will let people qualify 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 added an additional $600 per week in addition to what the state pays. Besides this, they have lengthened unemployment payments} for 4 months instead of 3. ​ On March 18th, 2020, the Department of Labor set aside an additional an additional $100 million for dislocated workers. This varies from county to county, but depending whre you live, it 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 are eligible. It's a terrific way to update your skills at no cost--even the exams are covered! The size of the grant and availability vary by county, but this can be a windfall for The unemployed.

FAQ's

As things stand, you would tack on $600 to what the state gives you. 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 get unemployment benefits for has expanded from 3 months to 4. They have also made it easier to qualify. (see below)

Due to the Corona Virus pandemic, US Congress made changes to unemployment regulations,  which will let people qualify 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.

You can apply for reemployment assistance (unemployment) online: https://connect.myflorida.com

It is called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). it is a jobs program. WIOA provides free training grants to help people get trained, certified and placed in high 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 problem by providing free funding for job training in high demand fields to those who are eligible for this grant. This training is intended to make your skills marketable so you can get a job and return to the workforce. This is a grant, not a loan. If you are eligible, everything is covered, 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. Workforce programs also received more funding under the new law. Helping the unemployed back to work is a priority in order to kick start the economy again.

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 assistance. At a time when so many workers have lost their jobs, some other counties have chosen instead to stop processing applications until they reopen.