Important New Benefits for the unemployed

Increased Unemployment Benefits

The United States government has tacked on an additional six hundred dollars per week in addition to what the state pays. Besides this, they have extended the benefit} for four months instead of three.

Easier Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits

Because of the Corona Virus pandemic, Congress made changes to unemployment , which will let people be eligible that would not have qualified 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 six hundred dollars per week in addition to what the state pays. Besides this, they have extended the benefit} for four months instead of three. ​ On 3/18/2020, the Department of Labor added an additional $100 million for dislocated workers. This varies depending which county you live in, but it 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 truly is free if you are eligible. It's a excellent way to update your skills at no cost--even the exams are included! The amount and availability vary by county, but this can be a windfall for unemployed workers.

Frequently asked questions

As things stand, you would tack on $600 to what the state gives you. Right now the top amount 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 period of time you can receive unemployment for has expanded from three months to four. They have also made it easier to qualify. (see below)

Because of the Corona Virus pandemic, Congress made changes to unemployment ,  which will let people be eligible that would not have qualified 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 free training grants to help workers 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 workers and there are declining careers in which there are too many people. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) addresses this issue by providing free funding for career training in high demand fields to those who are eligible 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 paid for, even the exam. The amounts vary by county but can be as high as $10,000 in some areas.

They have increased funding to help those who lost their jobs. On 3/18/2020 The Department of Labor set aside 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 again.

Unfortunately, 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 process these applications so dislocated workers can get the help they need. At a time when so many more people need help, some other counties have decided instead to stop helping people get WIOA benefits until they reopen.