Turn Unemployment Into Re-employment!
It has been a challenging year for families across America, with many people struggling to make ends meet after facing layoffs or reduced work hours. If you?ve found yourself in a similar situation and are wondering what to do next, GovBenefits.gov is here to help.

Many times, the challenge is simply knowing about benefits you may be qualified to receive and connecting with reliable information sources.

Contact your state?s unemployment insurance agency as soon as possible. Financial assistance may be available if you meet your state?s eligibility requirements. Ask if you can file a claim by telephone or over the Internet. Visit CareerOneStop.org and click on ?Worker ReEmployment? for assistance during your transition or go to the CareerOneStop service locator to find an office near you.

These steps will get you started:

Step 1. Ask about health coverage benefits. Learn if you qualify for EBSA COBRA Premium Assistance, which gives workers and their families the right to choose to continue group health benefits for limited periods of time under circumstances such as voluntary or involuntary job loss, reduction in work hours or during a transition between jobs.

Step 2. Ask if special circumstances qualify you for additional benefits. For example, be sure to mention if you?re a veteran or if you lost your job because of increased foreign imports.

Step 3. Ask about job search and training assistance. You may benefit from a job referral or interviewing tips. Or you may want to consider taking a class or getting a degree.

Get a snapshot of unemployment benefits when you visit GovBenefits.gov. Just type ?Unemployment? and the name of your state into the search box located in the top right corner of the homepage. This will lead you to information about local unemployment insurance and related programs.

While you?re on GovBenefits.gov, look for information on other assistance, such as help with paying your energy bills or buying groceries. Take the GovBenefits.gov questionnaire to locate programs based on your individual needs. Just click the ?Start Here? button on the GovBenefits.gov homepage.

For more job-related programs, use the following links.

Trade Adjustment Assistance for Dislocated Workers
Dislocated Worker Program
Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families