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Florida is one of the states that received approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to offer $300 additional unemployment benefits to the qualified residents. Though the state began paying benefits only on September 11, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity recently stated that Florida’s extra unemployment benefits will end sooner than expected. 

In this post, we will help you understand why these benefits are coming to a sudden stop and lots more. Also, we will guide you through why regular unemployment benefits still can be very significant during during these trying times of the pandemic in the state. 

Why Are Federal Covid-19 Benefits Coming To An End?

The emergency order signed by President Trump that assured to provide additional unemployment assistance is failing. The main cause for the extended benefits coming to an is because funds are drying up. According to the FDEO, extra unemployment benefits have been sent for the weeks closing August 1,8 and 15th. The last unemployment benefit payment will be made for the August 22nd week. 

Due to the extra benefits reduction, Florida’s unemployment beneficiaries will only receive their regular $275 weekly benefits. The decrease in benefits will affect several of the state’s unemployed people who will face a hard time making ends meet. 

Some of the other states in the country that are also going to see a stoppage of Federal Covid-19 benefits are as follows:

  1. Texas
  2. Iowa
  3. Montana
  4. Tennessee
  5. New Hampshire

Will The Senate Pass Another Unemployment Stimulus Check Anytime Soon?

The chances of another stimulus bill getting passed by the senate look difficult preceding the presidential elections. For both Democrats and Republicans to come together with mutual consent and pass a statement is an unlikely bet. This prediction is mainly because both the houses failed to come up with an extension for the $600 payment authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. 

However, if another bill gets passed by council leaders, it is a significant relief as the unemployed are still struggling in these difficult times. But the likelihood of another check getting passed anytime soon looks questionable, people must learn to cope with their regular benefits.

Will The Extra Benefits Coming To An End Have Any Negative Impact? 

The extra benefits coming to an end make it tough to make ends meet for several state citizens. However, to look on the bright side of things regular unemployment benefits will continue. The next section guides you through why standard unemployment benefits in Florida are still so significant in these times.

Why Are Regular Unemployment Benefits Important For Floridians In These Difficult Times?

As per the latest labor department statistics, the state’s current unemployment rate stands at 11.3%. It has led to devastating job losses in leisure and hospitality vertical, professional and business services, theme parks, etc. To cope with this disruption in people’s lives, unemployment benefits can be a boon. Some of the advantages of unemployment benefits for the citizens of the state are as follows:

  1. A temporary relief to help you get by these challenging times until you find a job. 
  2. Creates a sense of confidence among the unemployed, knowing that the state cares for its people. This helps you believe you can come out of these difficult times quicker and get your dream job.
  3. Along with the unemployment benefits that you receive, Florida’s unemployment office also set up job assistance programs and training camps to help you get a job ASAP.
  4. Helps you maintain the same standard of living temporarily that you and your family enjoyed when you had a job.

Do All Unemployed Floridians Qualify For Benefits?

Whether or not you qualify for benefits depends on several aspects set out by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. For an unemployed person to receive benefits it vital that certain criteria’s are met. The pointers mentioned below will guide you through what parameters are required to help you qualify for the program.

  1. To qualify for unemployment benefits in Florida, you must have lost your job due to no fault of your own.
  2. All claimants that want to receive help in the state must have earned a minimum amount in their base period. To know this exact amount you can check out our detailed page on Florida unemployment benefits.

Now that you know the factors that help you receive benefits in the state, you should also be aware of the pointers that ensure you continue receiving benefits throughout the stipulated time frame. The next section will help you understand the primary factors required to continue receiving services in the state.

How Do You Make Sure You Continue Receiving Benefits?

If you have qualified for the state’s benefits, you must also ensure that you maintain your eligibility throughout the benefits weeks. You must follow specific guidelines set out by the department to confirm your eligibility continues. The pointers mentioned below will make sure you know what needs to get done to continue receiving benefits. 

  • You must be on the lookout for better opportunities throughout your benefits period
  • You must maintain a record of the prospective employers that you contacted 
  • Make sure not to hide any earning that you received from any other sources

Unemployment benefits in these times can be a savior for you and your loved ones. You must follow specific rules set out by the state so that you continue receiving benefits. It is also of utmost importance that you understand how to apply for claims and other essential aspects of pertaining to unemployment. You can check all this out and lots more on our detailed guide of understanding unemployment benefits in Florida.

The Final Word

As a citizen of the country and state, it is of utmost importance that you try your very best to get a job quickly. This not only ensures that you can pay the bills on time but also makes sure you get the wheels of the economy moving swiftly.   

The month of July saw the American economy adding 1.8 million jobs to the total nonfarm payroll. These numbers are a positive indicator as the nation witnessed the restarting of several economic activities throughout the country. Several posts were added to the health care, professional and business services, retail trade, government, leisure, and hospitality verticals. But the employment situation in July is not all that rosy as it may seem. 

On the downside, the unemployment rate is 10.2%, which is higher than the lay-off rate during the Great Recession between 2017 – 2019. Also, the increasing number of cases in South Carolina, Oregon, and Alabama have left job seekers in these states in the lurch. 

The unemployment crisis has been quite severe for the last few months, with the unemployment rate spiking to 14.7% in April. Subsequently, the unemployment rate dropped to 13.3% in May, and 11.1% in June. 

Key Unemployment Stats For July

The unemployment rate in July dropped by 0.9%, capping a figure of 10.2%. With the slight drop in the unemployment rate in July, what now needs to be seen is whether the number drops further in the following months or not. 

Major Ups and Downs in July

Last month saw the service sector adding a majority of jobs. The leisure and hospitality vertical added 592,000 jobs in July, accounting for one-third of the total nonfarm job gains. Another prominent sector is the food services and bars sector. It saw an increased spike in jobs, adding 502,000 jobs in July. But despite the increasing jobs in this sector, the situation is not as good as before the pandemic began.   

The government sector also added 301,000 jobs in July. Also, the public sector education vertical saw an increase of +215,000 jobs in the local government education sector vertical. The state government education sector added +30,000 jobs last month. Since the election season is just around the corner, the federal government also hired +27,000 temporary employees. 

The retail trade vertical also performed quite well last month, adding 258,000 jobs. Most of the jobs in this sector took place in the clothing accessories stores division. Interestingly, the warehouse stores and large shopping supercenters saw a loss of 64,000 jobs.

170,000+ jobs have been added in July in the professional and business services sector. Most of the job gains in this sector occurred in the temporary help services vertical. The other services sector also added 149,000 jobs, with significant gains in personnel and laundry services. 

 Health care has turned out to be one of the most critical sectors in these times by adding 126,000 jobs. The verticals that hired the most were the dentists, hospitals, physician’s offices, and the home healthcare services industry. But job losses continued in the residential care and nursing facilities.

The other prominent sectors that hired talent were social support, transport, and warehousing, manufacturing, financial activities, construction, and mining. Several jobs were also added in the gambling, recreational, and amusement verticals, respectively.

Establishment Survey Data

It is essential to look into the hourly earning and other critical aspects that keep the workforce running in these tough times. The points mentioned below will give you a better insight on the hourly earnings of employees in the country.

  1. Hourly earnings for all nonfarm employees increased by 7% in July.
  2. The current amount stands at $29.39
  3. Average hourly earnings for nonsupervisory and production employees currently stands at $24.63
  4. The workweek for all nonfarm employees stood at 34.5 hours in the last month.
  5. For manufacturing employees, the workweek stood at 39.7 hours in July.
  6. Production and nonsupervisory employee’s workweek was 34.0 hours last month.

Household Survey Data

Workers Group  Unemployment Rate
Adult Men 9.4 percent
Adult Women 10.5 percent
Teenagers 19.3 percent
White Population 9.2 percent
Black Population 14.6 percent
Asian Population 12.0 percent
Hispanics 12.9 percent

 

What’s surprising in the above data is that the unemployment rate for adult men and the white population is below 10%. However, for all other categories mentioned in this table, the unemployment rate stands above 10%. 

The reason for such a high unemployment rate across all categories is due to several factors. The most prominent reason being that the country’s economy has not yet recovered from the coronavirus pandemic. The other notable reason for the high unemployment rate across all categories is the massive shutdowns of several industries and some businesses slow restarting.  

Other Unemployment Aspects To Consider

Job seekers and the unemployed must understand lots more on the unemployment trends and other critical aspects. The points mentioned below will give you a clear picture of what to expect. 

  1. The number of part-time employees spiked up to 23 million people in July.
  2. People who work part-time due to economic reasons stood at 8.4 million in July.
  3. People who are looking for a job stand at 7.7 million. 
  4. The number of people marginally attached to the workforce stood at 2 million last month.

Conclusion

With a slight revival of the economy, the unemployed should look on the bright side as things are slowly but steadily picking up. Since many sectors have added jobs in these times of uncertainty, the situation looked good in July.  But what’s yet to be seen is if the infection starts spreading in areas already once affected, things could get terrible for the unemployed.  

The Senate recently announced the HEALS (Health, Economic Assistance Liability Protection & Schools Act.) stimulus bill. The HEALS Act stimulus bill is a $1 trillion stimulus package as an aftereffect of the CARES Act. 

The act offers to extend unemployment benefits and provides a second stimulus check. But this check will be lower than the benefits that one currently receives. For a person to be eligible for this package, the criteria are similar to the Cares Act passed in March. HEALS act will also provide $200 a week to the people who qualify for unemployment benefits until October.  

What The Unemployed Should Know About The Act

Post-October, the states will shift into a joint state and federal unemployment program that aims to replace 70% of the workers’ previous pay. Here are some key points you should know about this bill.

  1. In the two months that unemployed people receive benefits, states must change their unemployment benefits process to substitute the flat rate supplement process. 
  2. Through this bill, the Federal Government will assist in providing 70% of people’s lost pay through unemployment benefits. 
  3. A formula is yet to be designed for those who earn hourly wages since they don’t necessarily work for the same hours during a week.  
  4. Even though unemployed people are set to receive a $400 cut in their benefits, the benefits rate is still higher than what was paid before the pandemic.
  5. Workers residing in Arizona, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee are set to receive these benefits first. 
  6. The main reason these states will benefit first is that they receive lower unemployment benefits than other states.
  7. This bill also asserts that state unemployment offices must inform individuals about particular laws pertaining to getting back to work. 
  8. The HEALS Act does improve the situation for sole proprietors allowing them to use net profits for their payroll systems.
  9. People whose earnings are $75,000 or less than that will qualify for the entire $1200 stimulus package. On the other hand, people who earn less than $150,000 per year are eligible for the $2400 check. 

Does This Program Have any Benefits?

This bill passed by the Senate will have several benefits for those struggling with unemployment, such as: 

  1. The HEALS Act furthers the unemployment benefits extension.
  2. The act helps people get by and pushes people to get back to work ASAP since the amount of the benefits is reduced.
  3. To extend financial assistance to state unemployment bureaus, Heals Act will provide $2 billion to help better their respective unemployment insurance systems. This prescribed financial assistance will help state offices handle the surge in claims in a much more efficient manner.

Will The Capping Of Benefits Have Any Downside?

Unemployment benefits will work similarly as it was with the Cares ACT. The only difference is that unemployed people will receive $200 instead of $600 until October. Unemployed workers will continue receiving their regular unemployment benefits. The $200 that workers receive comes as an added benefit. 

Once the $200 benefits scheme is over, a flat payment scheme will come into the picture that will redeem 70% of an unemployed worker’s previous pay. But many analysts believe with this new bill that many state unemployment offices will not be able to determine benefits, let alone promptly pay them on time. 

The capping of unemployment benefits may make it quite tricky for earners to receive the entire 70% immediately in some states, also delays may mainly occur as each state uses a different formula to calculate unemployment benefits.

 This is a huge logistical challenge for state unemployment offices to calculate millions of people’s benefits amount. The states are also under added pressure since they have to get the ball rolling within two months.   

What Happens If States Are Not Able To Reprogram Their Systems 

If states cannot change their systems in time, they can apply for a waiver for the next two months. Since state unemployment offices are already facing an onslaught of claims, it remains to be seen whether states can make this switch in time.

Usually, such a big switch can take much more time, since the states have to receive guidance and a standard set of operating procedures from the Department of Labor. Many experts believe that the 70% replacement wage proposal does not seem like a serious proposal.

 The experts believe Senate Republicans are not dead set on the 70% wage scheme. It is only an entry-level figure to set off negotiations with the democrats. A clear picture will only be seen with the passing time whether the HEALS act is a boon or a bane to state unemployment offices and the unemployed.  

What is the Paycheck Protection Program?

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) helps small businesses with 300 or fewer employees receive forgivable loans. This helps these businesses keep their employees on the payroll. For a firm to be eligible for a loan, it should have reported a revenue fall of at least 50%.

Businesses in low-income communities also receive benefits from the PPP. These businesses can apply for a 20-year loan with an interest rate of 1%. This can benefit these smaller businesses massively to keep the show going on and retain employees so that they keep receiving their paychecks.    

Conclusion

The proposed Heals ACT stimulus bill has failed to reach an agreement as of now. This has left several people in the lurch, as no one knows what the government’s next step is going to be. But if an executive order is signed by the president quickly, it will help the unemployed get some clarity on how the next few months will pan out. 

The emergency coronavirus benefits provided to many Americans will come to a halt at the end of July. One of the relief measures came to an end on July 25 or 26 is the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), commonly known as the $600 weekly unemployment benefit announced under the CARES Act, depending on each state’s rules and regulations.

Traditionally, regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits provided by the state aim to recover an amount that is half of a worker’s wages on average. The average unemployment compensation paid out by the Labor departments of the states was $333 per week, where Oklahoma was provided as low as $101, and Massachusetts was provided $531. US workers’ median weekly wages as a whole population group were $1002 in the second quarter of this year.

To ensure that workers have enough to tide out the pandemic, they were eligible for an additional $600 every week. This additional amount is added to the regular Unemployment Insurance payment.

Importance Of $600 Weekly Unemployment Benefit 

In these times of job losses, $600 of additional benefits help Americans survive on essential items and use the money to search for other forms of livelihood. Americans who fall under the low-income category especially tend to use such extra unemployment benefits to purchase essential commodities and stock goods like groceries, cleaning supplies, etc. 

For most low-wage Americans, the $600 weekly relief measure has helped them immensely. Some were able to earn much more than their previous jobs paid. With the help of the unemployment pay and the one-time-stimulus check, many can afford medical assistance. 

Many Americans also convert their mileage points and purchase commodities from online stores. To sustain themselves, some purchased used cars to look for alternative job opportunities from surrounding areas. Such people are very grateful that they can be financially stable and can give back to the community.  

The continuation of FPUC benefits can be beneficial now. Curtailing the $600 weekly benefits in states with the lowest provision of unemployment benefits can have severe repercussions, as in the case of Mississippi. It has the lowest average weekly unemployment benefit when compared to the rest of the states. A Mississippian worker’s benefits will drop from about $812 per week to $212, a nearly 75% decline. The worker will have a hard time surviving during this pandemic crisis. 

Besides helping individuals, the $600 weekly unemployment benefit could contribute to reviving the now ailing economy in the long run. According to economists, the $600 weekly unemployment relief will bring the US economy to stability. Wayne Vroman, an economist from Urban Institute, said that “It could go a long distance in stabilizing American household income and help to maintain purchasing power for the consumer sector of the economy.” 

Michele Evermore said,” Americans might think that if they have a job, they won’t be affected when the $600 weekly benefit expires. But when 30 million won’t be having any access to the benefit, that is when the multiplier effect will be shown in the economy. “

For Those Who Go Back To Work, Are Their Earnings Enough?

Some people have managed to retain their jobs, but are working for lesser hours. 

Their salary had been proportionately reduced for the reduced number of hours and simultaneously received a partial unemployment benefit of $130 every week. Such workers say that even with a job and partial unemployment benefits, they make far less money than when working full-time. 

They also mention that without the $600 weekly benefit, they wouldn’t know what to do. Most laid-off workers try searching for other job opportunities, but the situation is unfortunate, with a scarcity of jobs everywhere. 

Since low-wage workers have very little income, they are forced to reduce their spending, including housing. Most of them paid house rent but are anxious about their future once the moratoriums on evictions end of August. 

Does Everyone Who Is Eligible Get Unemployment Aid?

Many people who are eligible for unemployment aid do not apply for it, and even if they apply, they do not receive the payments on time. According to The Century Foundation, only 33 million claims out of 18.8 million were paid by May. 

Many Americans had tried for the FPUC in April, but they had still not received any benefit even three months later. They, along with their family members, were eligible to receive the benefits but have received no response from the concerned department.

Many initial hiccups were ironed out of the system, with the government hiring people to manage the additional load of new applicants and upgrading the technology. However, many people have remained outside the protection of the system, and appeals hearings are pending.

Conclusion

The $600 weekly unemployment benefit is crucial for most Americans, whether they have a job with reduced hours. With its expiry this July, most Americans would have a hard time surviving. Most Americans are very apprehensive about their future since many small businesses have not survived the pandemic.

On the other hand, some critics point out that the excess amount received from this relief measure will dissuade employees from returning to their jobs. The only solution to this is a complete economic recovery.

Due to the devastating effects of COVID-19, the nonfarm payroll fell by 701,000 in March and, the unemployment rate spiked up to 4.4%. It is the first decline in payroll since September 2010. 

March saw the unemployment percentage increase by 0.9%, which is the highest over the month increase since January 1975. March also saw the number of unemployed people rise from 1.4 million to 7.1 million. 

 The unemployment rate, which rose to 4.4%, is the highest since August 2017. Its effects can be seen throughout several industries. The leisure and hospitality industry, professional and business services, social assistance industry, retail trade, and construction were some of the worst affected due to the ongoing pandemic.

Due to several layoffs across industries, unemployment claims spiked across the country. Several state unemployment offices could not take the increased pressure of applications, causing their servers to crash. The Federal government and state governments are trying their best to expand the unemployment insurance framework so that unemployed people receive benefits ASAP. To know more about filing for UI in the times of COVID-19 click here

Here Are Some Key Takeaways About The Unemployment Report

Major Ups and Downs in March

459,000 job losses took place in the leisure and hospitality industry. Most of the job losses took place in the food and beverage vertical. The accommodation industry also saw a loss of 29,000 jobs in March. 

The health care and social assistance industry also took a big hit due to the ongoing pandemic. Employment dropped by 61,000 in March, with dentists, physicians, and a lot of general health practitioners losing their jobs. This industry was doing reasonably well over the last year, adding 374,000 jobs, but COVID-19 changed things drastically.

19,000 jobs were lost in the social assistance vertical, with the largest amount of job losses taking place in child daycare services. 

The professional and business services sector saw job losses of 52,000, with the temporary health services sector getting hit the hardest. 

The retail trade sector saw  46,000 job losses. The sectors affected were clothing accessory stores, furniture stores, and music stores.

The construction industry saw a decrease of 29,000 jobs in March, with the nonresidential and civil engineering construction sector getting hit the most. The mining industry was also hit hard and saw job losses of 6,000 

Not all hope was lost, as the Federal Government employment increased by 18,000, and general merchandising stores hired 10,000 people. 

Establishment Survey Data

The average hourly earnings for private nonfarm payroll employees went up by 11% and currently stands at $28.62. There was a slight decrease in the average workweek for all private nonfarm payroll workers, and it dropped by 0.2 hours to 34.2 hours. 

The hourly earnings for private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees spiked up by 10 cents to $24.07. Production and nonsupervisory employee’s average workweek decreased by 0.3 hours to 33.4 hours. 

The number of jobless people who were out of work for more than 5 weeks, increased unemployment to 1.5 million. The labor force participation rate decreased by 0.7 percent in March and currently stands at 62.7%. A total of 109,000 discouraged workers believed that there were no jobs available for them in March. 

  Household Survey Data

Workers Group  Unemployment Rate
Adult Men 4 percent
Adult Women 4 percent 
Teenagers 14.3 percent 
White Population 6.7 percent
Black Population 4.1 percent
Asian Population  6 percent
Hispanics  6 percent

There was an increase in unemployment for all workers groups in March, except for the black population, which saw a decline in the unemployment rate compared to February.  

Conclusion 

Clearly, COVID-19 has had a terrible impact on the job market. What’s yet to be seen is,  how fast the American economy can rise to the challenge and conquer this problem. Back when the recession hit in 2008, it took a couple of years for the economy and job market to bounce back. Let’s hope things getter better, much faster this time around.

 

There is little doubt that coronavirus has taken the world by storm. With West Virginia reporting a confirmed case, all 50 states in the United States are now affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The deadly virus is not only lead to the shutdown of the states and assaulted the U.S. economy but also increased the unemployment rate. For those losing employment through no fault of their own, filing for UI benefits can be an effective way to overcome the unexpected financial crisis.

Amid the outbreak of coronavirus, many states have eased the unemployment benefits criteria and are offering immediate financial relief to those who have lost employment owing to the COVID-19 pandemic impacts such as travel restrictions, project cancelation, temporary shutdown of social gathering places, etc.

In this article, we will have a detailed look at the number of COVID-19 cases in popular states, the unemployment rate, and the unemployment benefits (UI) offered.

STATES CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 2020 UI BENEFITS (MAX/WEEK)
Florida 146,341 12.9% $275
Michigan 70,223 22.7% $363
California 223,645 15.5% $450
New Jersey 176,399 15.3% $696
Illinois 143,514 16.4% $648
Nevada 17,894 28.2% $426
Ohio 51,655 16.8% $598
New York 417,328 14.5% $435
North Carolina 63,734 12.2% $350
Pennsylvania 90,555 15.1% $561
Oregon 8,485 14.2% $538
Washington 33,391 15.4% $713
Connecticut 46,362 7.9% $688
Kentucky 15,347 15.4% $502
Virginia 62,189 10.6% $378
Georgia 79,417 11.9% $330
Minnesota 35,861 8.1% $740
Maryland 67,254 9.9% $430
Massachusetts 108,768 15.1% $1153
Indiana 45,228 16.9% $390
Colorado 32,511 11.3% $573
Louisiana 57,095 14.5% $284
Tennessee 42,297 14.7% $275
New Hampshire 5,760 16.3% $427
Missouri 21,778 9.7% $320
Iowa 28,874 10.2% $559
Wisconsin 28,058 14.1% $370
Oklahoma 13,172 13.7% $520
Alabama 37,175 12.9% $265
Utah 21,664 9.7% $543
Arizona 76,987 12.6% $240
South Carolina 34,644 12.1% $326
Rhode Island 16,764 17.0% $707
Arkansas 20,257 10.2% $451
Hawaii 900 22.3% $630
Kansas 14,513 11.2% $474
Maine 3,219 10.6% $667
Idaho 5,752 11.5% $414
West Virginia 2,870 15.2% $424
Montana 919 11.3% $518
Nebraska 19,042 8.3% $414
Delaware 11,376 14.3% $330
Vermont 1,208 15.6% $466
Mississippi 26,567 15.4% $235
Wyoming 1,450 9.2% $489
Alaska 904 12.9% $442
District of Columbia 10,292 11.1% $444
South Dakota 6,716 10.2% $390

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There is little doubt that coronavirus has taken the world by storm. With West Virginia reporting a confirmed case, all 50 states in the United States are now affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The deadly virus is not only leading to the shutdown of the states and assaulting the U.S. economy but also is increasing the unemployment rate. For those losing employment through no fault of their own, filing for unemployment benefits can be an effective way to overcome the unexpected financial crisis.

Amid the outbreak of coronavirus, many states have eased the unemployment benefits criteria and are offering immediate financial relief to those who have lost employment owing to the COVID-19 pandemic impacts such as travel restrictions, project cancelation, temporary shutdown of social gathering places, etc.

In this article, we will have a detailed look at the number of COVID-19 cases in popular states, the unemployment rate, and the unemployment benefits (UI) offered.

STATES CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 2020 UI BENEFITS (MAX/WEEK)
Florida 217 2.8 $275
Michigan 65 3.8 $363
California 727 3.9 $450
New Jersey 267 3.8 $696
Illinois 161 3.5 $648
Nevada 56 3.6 $426
Ohio 67 4.1 $598
New York 1,708 3.8 $435
North Carolina 66 3.6 $350
Pennsylvania 115 4.7 $561
Oregon 68 3.3 $538
Washington 1,014 3.9 $713
Connecticut 68 3.7 $688
Kentucky 27 4.3 $502
Virginia 67 67 $378
Georgia 150 3.1 $330
Minnesota 62 3.2 $740/week
Maryland 60 3.3 $430
Massachusetts 218 2.8 $1153
Indiana 30 3.1 $390
Colorado 186 2.5 $573
Louisiana 196 5.3 $284
Tennessee 78 3.3 $275
New Hampshire 26 2.6 $427
Missouri 15 3.5 $320
Iowa 29 2.8 $559
Wisconsin 72 3.5 $370
Oklahoma 17 3.3 $520
Alabama 36 2.7 $265
Utah 51 2.5 $543
Arizona 20 4.5 $240
South Carolina 47 2.4 $326
Rhode Island 23 3.4 $707
Arkansas 22 3.5 $451
Hawaii 13 2.7 $630
Kansas 16 3.1 $474
Maine 32 3.1 $667
Idaho 9 2.8 $414
West Virginia 1 5.0 $424
Montana 9 3.5 $518
Nebraska 18 2.9 $414
Delaware 16 4.0 $330
Vermont 10 2.4 $466
Mississippi 21 5.5 $235
Wyoming 10 3.7 $489
Alaska 3 6.0 $442
District of Columbia 31 5.2 $444
South Dakota 11 3.4 $390

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February saw a very slight change in the number of unemployed people as compared to the previous month. It currently stands at 5.8 million. Total nonfarm payroll in February rose by 273,000. This is a notable increase as compared to January. The unemployment rate stands at 3.5%, having dropped by 0.1% from January. 

Major Ups and Downs in February

Job gains took place in the sectors of health care, social assistance, food & beverages, government sector, financial sector, and in the professional and technical and financial services verticals. 

The health care sector added 32,000 jobs. Notable job gains took place for physicians, home health care services, and hospitals.

The social assistance sector saw significant gains of 25,000 jobs, with the bulk of gains coming from individual and family services. 

53,000 jobs were added to the food and drinking places sector. 45,000 jobs were added to the government sector last month. 

The construction sector, professional and technical services sector, and the financial industry saw significant job growth in February.

Establishment Survey Data

February saw the average hourly earnings for employees on private nonfarm payroll increase by 9% to $28.52. This is a slight increase as compared to the last month. The average workweek for all employees stood at 34.4 hours, which is an increase of 0.1 % compared to last month. 

Participation in the labor force remained at 63.4%, and the number of people employed part-time due to economic reasons stood at 4.3 million. February saw 1.4 million people who were marginally attached to the workforce. 405,000 discouraged workers were present in February. 

Household Survey Data

Workers Group  Unemployment Rate
Adult Men 3.3 percent
Adult Women 3.1 percent
Teenagers 11.0 percent 
White Population 3.1 percent
Black population 5.8 percent 
Asian population  2.5 percent
Hispanics 4.4 percent

The unemployment rate for adult men remains the same as last month. Women’s unemployment rate saw a 0.1% decrease in February. The teenage unemployment rate dropped significantly in February. 

Unemployment for the white population remains the same as last month. On the other hand, the black population’s unemployment dropped by 0.2%. There was a significant drop in the unemployment rate for the Asian population, while the Hispanic population saw a slight increase.

Final Analysis

Despite the Coronavirus outbreak, the American job market has not yet reflected a hit. February has been a good month for job seekers with the addition of 273,000 jobs. Job seekers should look at this report and feel quite hopeful as the job market is open to hiring right now. Let’s hope that it remains steady in the near future. 

 

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Jobs With Disabilities

Despite your disability, you have to meet the essential job requirements that you are applying for. These can include your education, experience, skillset licensing, etc. If you do not meet the critical job criteria, the employer is under no obligation to hire you. Another vital aspect of qualifying for a job is that you are expected to perform basic tasks without any assistance. 

 We have listed down a few points that you should not overlook when attending an interview to improve your chances of bagging that job you want. 

Seek Assistance from Job Hunting Resources

There are a lot of support groups for people who have limitations. They offer services like job training, job assistance, and lots more. Some of the support groups are mentioned below:

  1. The Job Accommodation Network is a service provided by the Department of Labor. They offer advice and guidance on how to maximize your efforts to get a job if you have a disability.
  2. The Workforce Recruitment Program is a referral and recruitment program that helps connect employees in the federal sector to job seekers with disabilities.

There are several events that help workers with disabilities find the right job. Never hesitate to put yourself out there, as these events are a great chance to network and meet potential employers.

You are Entitled To Disability Non-Disclosure

Disability disclosure means that you do not need to reveal your disability on your CV or cover letter. If your disability does not impact the job requirements of the role, legally you don’t have to reveal it. But at times, you may need to attend an interview in a building without ramp access. In such a situation, you will need to inform your potential employer about your disability.

Always Ask For What You Need In The Interview 

The interview is the time to discuss and understand what you are expected to do as part of the job. This is the time to tell the potential employer that you may require a workstation that suits your needs. This may mean sourcing a special ergonomic desk or installing a communication system if you are deaf/mute, etc.

If You are Asked a Tough Question Handle it With Courtesy 

If you are asked a question about your disability that you are not comfortable answering, try saying something positive. The ADA clearly states that it is illegal to ask about the candidate’s medical history.

Dress Well

Always be formally dressed when you go for an interview. Don’t try to hide your disability by covering it up for an interview. Stay confident and always answer questions to point. 

Final Statement

You may be eligible for disability insurance if you are unemployed. It will help you get by in times of difficulty. A disability can be temporary or permanent, but you are entitled to claim this insurance. 

 

With every election that takes place, thousands of Americans come out to cast their vote for the candidate of their choice. Conducting a fair election involves a lot of effort and a huge support team. The U.S Election Assistance Commission encourages people to become election workers on Election Day. Jobs in elections season require people who are focused hardworking, and particularly interested in doing good for society at large.

Election workers are generally paid a small stipend for the work they perform. The primary responsibility of an election worker is registering voters, issuing ballots, monitoring the voter equipment, counting votes, and explaining to voters how to use the voting equipment. 

With the presidential election season not too far away, there are a lot of full time and part-time opportunities out there for anyone interested. Let’s take a closer look at the different election jobs available this season.

1) Election Poll Worker

The key responsibility of an election poll worker is to oversee the polling site on election day. They issue ballots, distribute badges, and so on. They also may be required to work long hours, and at times their day can stretch anywhere between 12-14 hours. 

The requirements to become an election poll worker are as follows:

  1. You should be a registered voter in the county where the municipality is.
  2. You need to pass a basic course in English that requires you to speak, read, and write the language fluently. 

Election poll workers can earn anywhere between $150 to $250 on the day of elections though this depends on the level of elections conducted.  

 2) Communications Coordinator 

A communication coordinator is required to write public information material, prepare news releases for the party they represent, take care of internal communications, and so on. The communication coordinator is required to start work at least six months before the voting day. They are supposed to maximize media coverage for the party that they represent in the days prior to the elections.

The basic requirements to become a communication coordinator for election season is:

  1. A high school diploma or degree in communications specialized in journalism, public relations, or technical writing. 
  2. Excellent communication and negotiation skills.

3) Polling Outreach Executive 

The primary responsibility of the polling outreach executive is to inform and educate the public on how to go about voting. The outreach coordinator should also reach out to senior citizens, college students, and prisoners eligible to vote, to inform them about their voting rights. An outreach coordinator starts work two months before polling day to maximize communication efforts.  

You would require the following to become a successful polling outreach coordinator:

  1. A high school diploma or any outreach or social work experience.
  2. Excellent customer service skills and strong communication.

4) Technology Specialist 

The role of a technology specialist is to record and maintain the voter database and keep voter privacy intact. Additional responsibilities for a technology specialist can include tech repairs maintaining audio ballots, and so on.

You would require the following to be a successful Election Technology Specialist:

  1. Knowledge or work experience in operating various software.
  2. A high school diploma in science or a bachelor’s degree in computer technology.

 Closing Thoughts

Whether you are unemployed or want to do something different in your life, Jobs in the election season can be an outstanding learning experience. You might get to meet leaders of the state, deal with senior politicians, and interact with several diplomats. You should definitely consider these jobs not only are they a great experience, but they also have a lot of value if you want to tighten your CV.

 

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