Important New Benefits for the unemployed

Increased Unemployment Benefits

The United States government has tacked on an additional $600 per week on top of what the state pays. On top of this, they have lengthened the benefit} for four months instead of three.

Easier Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits

With unprecedented unemployment because of the Corona Virus pandemic, US Congress made changes to unemployment regulations, which will let people qualify that would not have been eligible 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 United States government has tacked on an additional $600 per week on top of what the state pays. On top of this, they have lengthened the benefit} for four months instead of three. ​ On March 18th, 2020, the Department of Labor set aside an additional an additional $100 million for workers who lost their jobs. This varies from county to county, but depending whre you live, the grant 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 terrific 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 godsend for unemployed workers.

FAQ's

With this new law, 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 recommended to governors to cap this to a maximum of what you were making before you were laid off.

Yes. The amount of time you can collect unemployment for has expanded from three months to four. They have also made it easier to qualify. (see below)

With unprecedented unemployment because of the Corona Virus pandemic, US Congress made changes to unemployment regulations,  which will let people qualify that would not have been eligible 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. It provides no cost training grants to help people get trained, certified and placed in big 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 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 no cost funding for career training in big demand fields to those who qualify for this grant. This training is intended 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 included, even the exam. The amounts vary by county but can be as high as $10,000 depending where you live.

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 the unemployed back to work is a priority 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 employees 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 helping people get WIOA benefits until they reopen.