How to Use Unemployment to Your Advantage

When you’re out of a job, figuring out things like unemployment money can be tricky. Unemployment insurance is super important for when you no longer have a paycheck, but there’s more you can do. Make sure to use all the help you can get, like using websites where jobs are posted and meeting new people who can help you in your job search. 

This time can also be good for learning new things and finding different kinds of work. Plus, you should consider doing some small jobs on the side while you’re looking for a full-time job since employment benefits do not replace your entire income. Keep reading to learn more about how unemployment insurance works, how to find a new job, and details about doing freelance work.

Unemployment Insurance 101
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Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a special government program to help qualifying people with money when they’re out of a job. This help can be really important because it gives you some income while you’re looking for new work.

In the United States, each state runs its own unemployment insurance program, but they all follow some common rules set by the federal government. States have their own rules about who can get unemployment money, how much they get, and for how long. 

Sometimes, when things get tough like during the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government might make these benefits last longer or give out extra money.

Businesses pay special taxes to the state and sometimes the federal government for unemployment insurance. This money goes into a big fund that’s only used to pay unemployment benefits. How much businesses pay can change depending on: 

  • What kind of business it is
  • How big it is
  • If they’ve laid off people before

There are two big laws – the Federal Unemployment Tax Act and the Social Security Act of 1935 – that help run and pay for these unemployment programs.

Unemployment insurance isn’t something businesses give directly. Instead, it’s a run by the government. Businesses must keep track of what they pay their workers and report it. They also need to file special tax forms regularly.

If someone who used to work for them asks for unemployment benefits, the government might ask the business about that person’s job and why they don’t work there anymore. This helps figure out if the person should get unemployment money.

To get this help, you usually need to have lost your job without it being your fault, like in layoffs. You also need to have worked enough and earned enough money before, and you must be ready and looking for a new job.

Understanding unemployment insurance is the first step. But there’s more – like how to actually apply for this money, how to keep getting it, and what you need to do to stay eligible. We’re going to talk about all these important things next.

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