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Resources Available to Americans Affected by Coronavirus

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created a stressful time of unknowns for all of us. One of the most unfortunate outcomes of the entire thing has been the number of Americans who are experiencing cutbacks at work, whether it be reduced hours, furloughs, or layoffs. 

If you or someone you know is suffering through a financial hardship during this time, there are benefits and resources available that may help. GigSmart, a staffing company that connects businesses who are hiring to skilled individuals who are looking for work, has put together a COVID-19 Unemployment Resource Center to help anyone access information about filing for unemployment benefits, shopping for health insurance plans, FAQs, and other related resources available as a result of the Pandemic. All of these resources are categorized by state to help impacted individuals easily find benefits offered in the state in which they reside.

Filing for Unemployment

With millions of jobs lost, and the threat of a resurgence of the virus looming, it’s important to know the ins and outs of filing for unemployment, including who qualifies, the benefits available, and how to apply.

In March, President Trump signed the CARES Act making unemployment benefits more available to more Americans. As a result, if you are unable to work, furloughed, laid off, your hours have been reduced, or you work part-time, you may be eligible to file for unemployment benefits. In addition, you are eligible for benefits if you or a member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

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In addition, the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) offers an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits for workers who have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits. Each State’s rules surrounding who qualifies and for how much vary, so please consult with your local unemployment office. You can find a link to your state’s unemployment office by selecting your state in the COVID-19 Unemployment Resource center.

Once you’re ready to apply, you should make sure you have identifying information like your social security number and driver’s license number, as well as your banking information, your work history, and your most recent paystub.

Accessing Other Benefits

Beyond helping you navigate the process of filing for unemployment, there are also other benefits available to assist individuals affected during this time. From local resources like food banks and shelters to national resources like government stimulus checks, the COVID-19 Unemployment Resource center consolidates all available opportunities offered by States.

From the individual state page, the most common links and resources will be listed, as well as a grey box with unique links that are specific to that state. The links contained within include COVID-19 updates, food assistance, rent assistance, utility assistance, and healthcare information. 

Below the links and resources, there are local part-time and full-time job openings listed. To filter jobs specific to certain job titles, companies, or industries, the results can be searched. Interested individuals can click any relevant job listings to initiate the application process.

Help is available

While this certainly is a very unprecedented time, it’s important to keep yourself informed so that you know what benefits are available as a result of the recent Pandemic. As the situation is continuously evolving, it’s also important to understand changing legislation, stimulus programs, and other assistance that are offered or may be offered in your state. 

And of course, if you are looking for additional ways to supplement your income, the GigSmart Get Gigs app gives you an easy way to conveniently browse open opportunities in your area from the palm of your hand. To get started, sign up for your free Worker account by downloading the Get Gigs app from the App Store or Google Play Store today.

Opportunity Awaits

Of course, we also want to help you get back to work. Beyond searching the Job Board for your specific state in our COVID-19 Worker Resource Center, our Get Gigs mobile app gives you instant access to every available work opportunity in your area. Join our growing community of over 170,000 Workers who use our app to receive instant notifications anytime a local Gig is posted matching the Skills listed in their Worker Profile.

If you haven’t created your free Worker account, signing up is simple. Click on the appropriate link to download the Get Gigs app from the App Store or Google Play store. Follow the prompts to sign up, making sure to complete as much of your Worker Profile (bio, work history, education, etc.) as you can. You’ll also want to make sure you add your relevant skills. This is important because the app uses Skills matching to instantly notify you each time a new Gig is posted that matches your skills. If you’re interested in browsing all of the open Gigs in your area, simply click this link from within your mobile phone to see your Available Gigs list. Apply to the ones you like and wait to hear back on whether or not you are hired.

COVID-19 Help is Only a Few Clicks Away

Whether you’re looking for resources to get through this tough time, or you’re looking for new work opportunities, GigSmart has you covered. Visit our Coronavirus Worker Resource Center to check out what assistance is available in your state. Remember you don’t need an account to start browsing our job board for full-time and part-time positions actively hiring in your area right now. If you have any feedback about our new Coronavirus Worker Resource Center, have a question about finding work, and/or have any other feedback for us, you can drop us a note by emailing [email protected].

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