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Increased Unemployment Benefits

The United States government has tacked on an additional $600 every week on top of what the state pays. On top of this, they have extended the benefit} for 4 months instead of 3.

Easier Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits

With skyrocketing unemployment due to the Corona Virus pandemic, Congress 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.
You can apply for reemployment assistance (unemployment) online:

https://connect.myflorida.com

More Funding for Dislocated Workers

The United States government has tacked on an additional $600 every week on top of what the state pays. On top of this, they have extended the benefit} for 4 months instead of 3. ​

On 3/18/2020, the Department of Labor set aside an additional an additional $100 million for dislocated workers. 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 are eligible. 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 boon for unemployed workers.

FAQ’s

How much can I get from unemployment?

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 recommended to governors to cap this to a maximum of what you were earning before you were laid off.

Are there any other changes to unemployment?

Yes. The amount of time you can get unemployment for has increased from 3 months to 4. They have also made it easier to qualify. 

What are the changes in eligibility?

With skyrocketing unemployment due to the Corona Virus pandemic, Congress 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.

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

What is this WIOA program?

It is called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). it is a jobs program. WIOA provides free training grants to aid workers 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 qualified workers and there are declining careers in which there are too many people. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) tries to fix this issue by providing free funding for job training in big demand fields to those who qualify for this grant. This training is designed to make your resume marketable so you can get hired and return to the workforce. This is a grant, not a loan. If you are eligible, everything is included, even the exam. The amounts vary by county but can be as high as $10,000 depending where you live.

Are there any changes to the WIOA program?

They have added more funding to help those who lost their jobs. On 3/18/2020 The Department of Labor gave an additional $100 million for dislocated worker grants. Workforce programs also received more funding under the new law. Helping people get back to work is of greatest importance in order to kick start the economy once more.

Can anyone who lost their job take advantage of this?

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 employees working from home to work on these applications so dislocated workers can get the help they need. 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.

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