Next steps for those who relied on unemployment payments during the pandemic

The CARES Act supplemental unemployment pay, part of the COVID-19 relief package, comes to an end July 31. However, all states have stopped paying after the weekend of July 25-26 and will not resume payments unless Congress chooses to extend the aid.

Posted: Jul 27, 2020 7:02 PM
Updated: Jul 28, 2020 10:20 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — If you’re unemployed you probably already received your final $600 unemployment check under the federal CARES Act.

“We really didn’t know how all of this was going to be playing out,” Community Research Institute Director Purdue University Fort Wayne Rachel Blakeman said. “I think a lot of us were hoping that by July the economy would have recovered.”

The CARES Act supplemental unemployment pay, part of the COVID-19 relief package, comes to an end July 31.

However, all states have stopped paying after the weekend of July 25-26 and will not resume payments unless Congress chooses to extend the aid.

“I would never want to minimize the impact the extra $600 has had for people, but it's also worth noting that employers in Northeast Indiana have begun hiring again in a big way,” said Rick Farrant, Northeast Indiana Works director of communications.

Also part of the CARES Act, Northeast Indiana Works has received $2.1 million in funding from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development to support training under the Workforce Ready Grant (WRG) and Employment Training Grant (ETG) programs.

“We have had a flood of employers posting jobs in the last two or three weeks, and a lot of this is short term training,” Farrant said. “We are not talking about years here, we are talking about getting into a program that in a matter of weeks can give them certifications or skills that will give them well paying jobs.”

Under the terms of the funding, the training must begin before the end of 2020.

Farrant said now is a good time for both people who are unemployed and employers to get involved in the workforce development initiative.

“Should this pandemic last for a very long time, which it may, people can put themselves in a position where maybe they have a little more job security then they had the last time around,” Farrant said.

Employers and individuals interested in participating in the programs should email trainingfunds@neinworks.org and provide a phone number.

Individuals should also provide the name of the county where they live.

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