In the past few weeks, more than 22 million people have filed for unemployment in the United States, included 5.2 million last week. This means that nearly all of the new jobs created in the last 10 years have been wiped out due to the coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. The damage to the U.S. and Global economy continues at a staggering rate. If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you or someone you know has had their job impacted by the virus.
Whether you are temporarily furloughed, forced to accept lower wages, or been laid off, it is a very difficult thing to manage. There is lots of resources there to help you get through this tough time. Unemployment benefits have been increased, extended, and had the waiting period waived. Most banks and credit unions are also offering flexibility to their customers with credit card, mortgage, and loan payments. There's also lots of different ways to get food for you and your family.
This is a very difficult time for everyone, but please utilize these resources because they can certainly help lighten the pressure you are faced with.
- The Federal Government has set up an online resource for unemployment help: https://www.usa.gov/unemployment. This site contains lots of useful links and information such as
- Google has also added a new feature that to its search engine that helps people quickly find out how to file for a job loss claim. They will automatically bring you links to your local resources if someone searches for "unemployment".
- National Institute for Mental Health - This may not be viewed as a direct resource for someone impacted by job loss, but your mental well-being is just as important as your physical & financial well-being. Especially during these times, we need to make sure that we are seeking out any help we need to address depression, anxiety, or emotional distress. You can see lots of useful links on the NIMH website.