Important New Benefits for the unemployed

Increased Unemployment Benefits

The United States government has tacked on an additional $600 per week in addition to what the state pays. Besides this, they have extended unemployment benefits} for four months instead of three.

Easier Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits

With soaring unemployment due to the Corona Virus pandemic, US Congress made changes to unemployment regulations, which will grant eligibility to those 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 $600 per week in addition to what the state pays. Besides this, they have extended unemployment benefits} for four months instead of three. ​ On March 18th, 2020, the Department of Labor added an additional $100 million for workers who lost their jobs. This varies depending which county you live in, but 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 are eligible. It's a terrific way to update your skills for free--even the exams are included! The amount and availability vary by county, but this can be a windfall 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 top amount in Florida is $275 per week. However, senators have urged governors to reduce 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 soaring unemployment due to the Corona Virus pandemic, US Congress made changes to unemployment regulations,  which will grant eligibility to those 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 no cost training grants to help people get trained, certified and placed in high demand careers such as information technology, cyber-security, business intelligence, project management and more. The idea is that there are fields in which there are not enough qualified 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 high 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 paid for, even the exam. The amounts vary by county but can be as high as $10,000 depending where you live.

They have increased funding to help those who lost their jobs. On March 18th, 2020 The Department of Labor funded 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 . A number of counties, like Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties, have employees working from home to work on these applications so dislocated workers can get assistance. At this critical time when so many more people need help, some other counties have decided instead to stop helping people get WIOA benefits until they reopen.