As Florida starts to reopen some of its local businesses, restaurants, and theme parks, some residents may still be waiting to make a return to work. If you’re one of many relying on Florida's unemployment benefits as the state works to get back to a sense of normalcy, this new financial relief program may come as a blessing. The program could provide eligible Floridians with extra financial aid.

Called the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), the program would provide those who are eligible and have already received their full-term of Reemployment Assistance up to an additional 13 weeks of compensation.

There are several different ways you could be eligible for the new program. Even those who were previously not able to receive benefits may also qualify for this new aid.

Those who lost their jobs due to the pandemic starting on March 29, 2020 would be among those who could receive payments, with the last payable week ending December 26 of 2020.

However, if you're already on state unemployment assistance, you'll have to wait until your previous benefits expire to apply for PEUC.

If you were previously on unemployment that expired after July 1, 2019 and are still not working, you'll also be able to apply.

Payments would be made on a weekly basis up to $275 and could be received on top of the $600 benefit from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) under the CARES Act.

If you qualify, in order to keep receiving PEUC payments a claim showing that you are still unemployed or unable to return to work will have to be submitted on a bi-weekly basis.

If you're unsure whether or not you qualify, additional information can be found online through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, as well as a flow chart detailing the application process and how to apply, claimant guides, and more.

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