Apply For Unemployment Insurance During Coronavirus

March 27, 2020

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Over three million people finding themselves without a job over the last two weeks and there may be more over the next few months.  Today the House of Representatives is expected to approve the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). Among direct payments to Americans and billions in aid to small and large businesses, it includes a massive unemployment benefits for those who would not normally qualify. If you have lost your job or have been placed on furlough, the new bill provides up to $600 a week per week for up to 13 weeks for people who are out of work due to the coronavirus. That includes self-employed, contract workers, part time workers and people who can’t go to work due to the coronavirus pandemic. It also includes people who don’t have enough work history to ordinarily qualify for benefits. Self-employed workers may be eligible to receive 50% of their state’s average benefits on top of the $600 per week from the federal government. For example, if you were a server at a restaurant that is now closed, you can get unemployment benefits for up to 12 weeks and can get a maximum of $275 per week during that time. If you were to qualify for the full $275, for the first 12 weeks you'll get $275 from the state plus $600 from the Feds. For week 13, your Florida benefits will end, but you’ll get one more $600 payment. Of course, if you go back to work before you hit the maximum number of weeks for your unemployment benefits, you won’t get any more payments from your state or the federal government. To apply, you'll need to complete the application form for the Florida Reemployment Assistance Program at But be prepared for the process to take a while: state unemployment offices are reporting a flood of new applicants, resulting in long wait times for callers and website glitches.

SOURCE: Two Cents

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