Your unemployment questions, answered – Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. jobless claims have exceeded 30 million because the coronavirus outbreak hit the nation, wiping out a decade of job positive factors and sending many Americans scrambling to search out work and money in on authorities assist.

FILE PHOTO: An individual walks by the doorway of the New York State Department of Labor workplaces, which closed to the general public as a result of coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak within the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

As a part of our weekly #AskReuters Twitter chat collection, Reuters invited a gaggle of economic specialists to share their finest suggestions for navigating unemployment in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below are edited highlights.

What recommendation do you’ve got for people who find themselves nonetheless having a tough time tapping unemployment advantages?

“This is an unprecedented situation, and millions of Americans are unjustly in the same boat. Remember that benefits are backdated, so if approved, you’ll get back unemployment from the date you applied. In the meantime, can you ask for forbearance in credit card payments, car notes, or your mortgage or rent? Can you use your stimulus check, or, if necessary, emergency savings or low-interest credit cards to bridge the gap?”

— Janet Alvarez, govt editor of Wise Bread

What are the perfect sources accessible to laid-off employees?

“The best resources are the ones you ask for. Many people get overwhelmed and stuck, and feel bad about asking for help. Right now, get on the phone with everyone you owe and ask what help is available.”

— Beth Pinsker, Reuters journalist and a licensed monetary planner

What suggestions do you’ve got for anybody who’s having bother paying their payments (mortgage, lease, scholar loans, auto and credit score, and so forth.) proper now?

“If possible, work with creditors directly. Landlords are aware that a tenant that is paying partial rent is better than no tenant at all. Negotiate as best you can, we’re all in the same boat.”

—Patrick Gourley, assistant professor of economics at University of New Haven

How can laid-off employees make the perfect use of their time when it comes to coaching and upskilling? Is there anything they need to be doing?

“This can be your moment to refine, expand, or even discover talents and skills. Perhaps an online class (many are free), guidance from a business coach, jumping back into that passion you put on hold or using this time to rest and recharge.”

— Jody Thompson, co-creator of the Results-Only Work Environment

Where ought to unemployed employees flip for healthcare protection? Do you advise utilizing COBRA or can they get a greater deal elsewhere?

“You’ll likely have better deals than COBRA at NY State of Health. Sign up for Medicaid, Essential Plan, Qualified Health Plans depending on income and other factors.”

— The Legal Aid Society (New York)

What monetary strikes ought to staff who’ve been furloughed or skilled wage cuts in latest weeks make now?

“Work sharing is a win-win for employers and employees – employers get to retain trained workers and workers can work and get unemployment insurance benefits, plus the $600. Ask your boss about work sharing as an alternative to layoffs.”

— Michele Evermore, senior researcher and coverage analyst on the National Employment Law Project

What advantages can be found to contractors or gig-economy employees who’ve seen their salaries disappear?

“Contractors, check with your state to see if they’ve extended benefits. States like Oregon and others have expanded benefits to include contractors and gig workers. California also approved contractors to receive benefits through pandemic unemployment assistance.”

— Raymond Lee, founder and chief govt of Careerminds

Any steerage on in search of a job?

“Lean on your network. The older you get, the more clear it is that the old saying is true – ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.’ Work your network as much as you can. Most people are more than willing to help people they like.”

— Matthew Schulz, chief credit score analyst at LendingTree

What are you optimistic about proper now?

“Every recession ends. Since 1980, the economy has spent 12% of the time in recession, growing 88% of the time. The 1918 pandemic flu recession lasted just seven months, the second shortest recession since 1854.”

— Tendayi Kapfidze, chief economist at LendingTree

Compiled by Beatrix Lockwood; Editing by Lauren Young and Jonathan Oatis


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