If you’re suffering from increased financial stress, furloughed or from the loss of a job, here is some information that you may find handy. For one, file for unemployment now because it can take a while before benefits come in. In addition, with the high volume, their systems may be slower than usual. Here’s the link to Utah’s Unemployment Insurance Benefits site to get you started. And so you know, The CARES Act expanded unemployment benefits to include freelancers, gig workers, performing artists, those who are employed with non-profits, or for those whose contracts were canceled.
Get that resume polished and put on your best shirt and tie/blouse/dress for today’s Statewide Virtual Job Fair, jobs.utah.gov, Thursday, June 16, 2020, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Try not to freak out if you missed it, no doubt there will be others like this following.
- Unemployment checks—look at how much, when you’ll start getting them, and how long they’ll last.
- Your government stimulus check
- From your emergency fund (if you have one, now is the time to use it)
- Your lines of credit. Can you take out a personal loan, home equity loan, or put expenses on credit cards right now?
- Your options for government assistance, take advantage of the M-F the free curbside lunch program for dependents 18 and under.
- Think through options for earning income from home, like virtual classes, tutoring and customer service.
And, we are just gonna say it Salt Lake, our hearts are with you—stay well.
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