CareerSource Offers End of Unemployment Benefit Waiver Support | Local News



OCALA – The exemptions that made it easier to submit applications for re-employment assistance during the pandemic will end on May 29. Additionally, as part of the state’s back-to-work initiative, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced it would end its participation in the $ 300 per person. Weekly Federal Unemployment Compensation Pandemic Program effective June 26.

But job seekers should know: CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is ready to help with free services and support programs that can not only help them submit claims but, more importantly, find employment.

Rusty Skinner, CEO of CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion

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Rusty Skinner, CEO of CareerSource CLM, said the key to remember now that the waivers have expired is, “Don’t panic.”

“We remain committed to helping our residents recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and move on to new or better careers,” he said. “Yes, we can help claimants qualify for unemployment benefits, but more importantly, we’re here to help those who are out of work find the kind of good, paying job that benefits can’t. replace.”

Formerly known as Unemployment Compensation, Re-Employment Assistance (RA) provides temporary wage replacement benefits to skilled people who are out of work through no fault of their own. The state compensation program is administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Work registration and job search requirements, as well as the mandatory waiting week, had been removed for those filing RA applications from March 15, 2020 to May 29, 2021. The waiting week exemption ends June 26. must return to WD’s CONNECT system every two weeks to claim their benefits or “claim their weeks”.

From March 7, 2020 to May 15, 2021, there were 57,441 original applicant counts for the tri-county region, representing 28.5% of the labor force in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. Statewide during this same period, 3.2 million initial claims were registered.

For the week ending May 15, there were 310 initial requests – 217 in Marion County, 70 in Citrus County, and 23 in Levy County. In contrast, in the same week a year ago, there were 2,989 initial claims – 1,937 in Marion County, 817 in Citrus County, and 235 in Levy County.

Skinner said the goal of the job registration and weekly job search is to be able to return to work because “unemployment benefits are temporary and can never completely replace a paycheck.”

“This is the perfect time to seek re-employment; employers are hiring and we can help job seekers prepare and find jobs, ”he said, adding that currently, Employ Florida lists over 10,600 jobs available in the region – 10,000 in Marion County, 3,024 in Citrus County and 587 in Levy County. Employ Florida is the state’s premier online employment site used by the CareerSource Florida Network.

CareerSource CLM career centers are open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for free staff-assisted services as well as the use of resource room computers and other resources to facilitate filing. , carry out job searches and access services leading to employment.

CareerSource career centers are located in Ocala, Lecanto and Chiefland; the College of Central Florida affiliate Talent Center is located on the CF Ocala campus. Health security measures, including the use of face masks by staff and customers, and other measures remain in place.

Virtual services also continue to be offered by phone, email, live chat and online at

Skinner said those who visit the career centers will find local job listings and benefit from staff-assisted job search and placement services.

Additionally, Skinner emphasized the importance of improving employability skills when applicants seek re-employment. Among the free offers of CareerSource CLM:

  • SkillUp Citrus Levy Marion offers free access to Metrix Learning, a dynamic online training platform with more than 6,000 courses accessible 24/7.
  • 180 Skills primarily focuses on training the next generation manufacturing workforce, providing high quality, short-term training in a flexible and responsive manner.
  • Professional workshops are available in a variety of formats – virtually on demand, live via Zoom, and returning next month, in person – covering topics such as focused CV writing, interview advice and career development. .

To learn more or to make an appointment, call 800-434-JOBS (5627) or visit to contact CareerSource CLM by email or live chat.


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