COVID-19 unemployment benefits ended
Enhanced federal unemployment insurance benefits put in place last year to help people make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic ended last week.
The programs that expired on Sept. 4 include:
· Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which provided unemployment benefits to traditionally ineligible individuals, such as the self-employed;
· Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, which extended aid to people who had exhausted their state’s benefits period; and
· Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, a weekly $300 boost to help people recover lost wages.
If you’re looking to get back into the workforce, there are jobs aplenty, and there are many quick and easy ways to find them and apply.
Illinois businesses have posted more than 100,000 open positions on the Illinois Job Link website at https://illinoisjoblink.illinois.gov.
Through the portal, you can search for jobs, post your resume, and receive job alerts by email and text. All it takes is a few minutes to set up a free account. Likewise, if you’re a business looking to hire, you can get your help wanted ads seen by thousands by creating a free account.
Hire a Scot, McHenry County College’s job board, allows employers to post jobs for not only MCC students and alumni, but also for any McHenry County resident who registers for a free account. For more information, visit their website at www.mchenry.edu/hireascot.
While COVID unemployment benefits have expired, several are still in place. The U.S. Department of Education has extended the moratorium on payment and interest on federal student loans through the end of January, although the department has stressed that this extension will be the final one.
And starting next month, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits will increase by about 25 percent across the board for recipients.