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Dear Long-Term Unemployed - You’re On Your Own


The false storyline last week was the dramatic surge in new jobs. They (government) create new categories of Americans to pretend they aren’t really unemployed. They use more models to make adjustments for seasonality. Then they make massive one-time adjustments for the Census.
- Illusion Of Recovery, Washington’s Blog, February 12, 2012

Last month I went down to the local UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE - called the ”DIVISION OF WORKFORCE SERVICES, FLORIDA - ONE-STOP CAREER CENTER” - and talked to a reemployment coach.

The trip and conversation were a waste of time, energy, and gas, and insult to anyone with an IQ over ten.

I showed the coach my resume. He thought it looked great and didn’t suggest any changes. 

Then I asked if there’s any state or federal assistance to help long-term unemployed folks get back into the workforce with retraining, tuition assistance, or internships, like CONNECTICUT’S PLATFORM TO EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM, or Nevada’s CO-OP STATE-COLLEGE RETRAINING PROGRAM mentioned on CBS’ 60 Minutes last month.

He said no. But he did say that after I completely exhaust my unemployment insurance, 401K, lost the house, and am living in the streets - I can apply for welfare and maybe find an empty bed in a homeless shelter - and gave me a slip of paper with a phone number on it.

“What assistance is there BESIDES UNEMPLOYMENT?” I asked. 

A website.

He spent the next 30 minutes showcasing the state’s answer for the unemployed Floridian - a web site appropriately called EMPLOY FLORIDA. It has a job board, links to universities, colleges and other schools, and free online training to learn basic computer skills like how to click a mouse, and how to press the enter button on a keyboard.

I went home disappointed, then found ANOTHER STATE WEBSITE with near identical material - and A BROCHURE ON THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT that mentions government assistance for retraining and internships:

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Services for Adult and Dislocated Workers
June 2012

Throughout the State, local Workforce Boards offer job training and employment programs through ONE-STOP CAREER CENTERS. These Centers make many services available to help clients increase their long-term employment opportunities and wages.

Each local Board may determine how it will provide services to WIA clients.

WIA Services may include:

. Assessment of clients skills and interests
. On-the-Job Training
. Development of an individualized Customized Training based on the needs employment/career plan of specific employer(s)
. Group or individual counseling
. Entrepreneurial Training
. Work experience and/or internships
. Supportive services to assist clients to
. Referral to Adult Education - remediation participate in WIA activities
. Occupational Skills Training

The Target Populations for WIA services consist of:

.  Workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own (dislocated workers);
.  Homemakers who have lost their financial support from a family member;
.  Recipients of public assistance and other low-income individuals when funds are limited;
.  Employed workers that need skills upgrading or retraining; and,
.  Veterans and eligible spouses of veterans may be moved to the front of the line for services for which they qualify.

To find out more about WIA services, clients should contact their local One-Stop Career Center. A directory can be found at

Clients may also find out about jobs and self-service activities at the Employ Florida Marketplace website,

Rick Scott, Governor
Hunting F. Deutsch, Executive Director

For additional information call: 1-866-352-2345

An equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  All voice telephone numbers on this website may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711.

I called the number on the flyer - and was referred to a local 3rd party resume writing place called Options Florida funded by the state.

I called them - and the answer is - the state will pay for a two hour resume writing class of theirs - and another class to learn basic computer skills like using a mouse and how to press the enter button on a keyboard. 

Nothing else.

What information is on the internet about the AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVEST ACT I wondered?



And THIS nice page:


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (The Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. The Department of Labor is investing $505.1 million to help meet the needs of workers in Florida through both Recovery Act and regular appropriations. In addition, $8.7 million is being invested in Florida through two multi-state clean energy grants.

Department of Labor investments in Florida include:

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes $204.5 million for Florida:

$42.9 million for Workforce Investment Act youth activities, including summer youth employment;

$7.8 million for YouthBuild grants awarded in Clearwater, Cocoa, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Melrose, Sanford, and Tampa;

$19.4 million for Workforce Investment Act adult activities;

$80.6 million for Workforce Investment Act dislocated worker activities;

$31.7 million for administrative support for unemployment compensation; and

$22.1 million for Wagner-Peyser Act services.

The Department is investing $252.7 million in Florida through ETA program year 2010 formula allotments to the state agency and grantees within the state:

$43.4 million for Workforce Investment Act youth activities;

$44 million for Workforce Investment Act adult activities;

$83 million for Workforce Investment Act dislocated worker activities;

$40.4 million for Wagner-Peyser Act services;

$1.4 million for Workforce Information system;

$4.2 million for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers services;

$817,894 for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program;

$7 million for the Senior Community Service Employment Program allotment to the state agency;

$27.4 million for Senior Community Service Employment Program grants to national sponsors;

$5,634 for Workforce Investment Act Indian and Native American youth activities; and

$1.2 million for Workforce Investment Act Indian and Native American adult activities.

Trade Adjustment Assistance - The Department has released an additional $2 million to the state of Florida to assist trade-impacted workers. Combined with the original fiscal year 2009 allocations, Florida now has $4.4 million in TAA funding available. Through Trade Adjustment Assistance, workers can receive job training, income support, job search support, health insurance assistance, and wage supplements (in the case of certain reemployed trade-affected workers who are 50 years of age and older).

National Emergency Grants - Since the start of this Administration, the Department has released a total of $17.2 million through five National Emergency Grants in Florida. In April 2009, the Department released $1 million to create approximately 300 temporary cleanup and recovery jobs in response to severe spring storms that resulted in flooding throughout the panhandle region. In January 2010, the Department released $954,077 to assist about 600 workers affected by layoffs at the Taylor, Bean and Whitaker Mortgage Corp. and its subsidiary companies in north/central Florida. In June 2010, the Department released $7.8 million to assist approximately 3,200 workers who will be impacted by the retirement of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, plus $7 million to assist workers who have been displaced as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Department also released a $470,835 NEG supplemental award to provide services to about 575 workers affected by manufacturing industry layoffs in the counties of Citrus, Levy, and Marion.

On-the-Job Training, National Emergency Grant - $3.5 million to provide workers affected by layoffs with on-the-job training opportunities so that they can learn while they earn. In addition, grant resources will build the capacity of the workforce investment system to engage in this critical training model in the months and years to come to assist in economic recovery.

Re-employment and Eligibility Assessment Grants - Since the start of this Administration, the Department has released a total of $7.3 million to Florida to implement or enhance the Re-employment and Eligibility Assessment Initiative for UI recipients. Funds allow ONE-STOP CAREER CENTERS in Florida to conduct in-person assessments with individuals receiving unemployment compensation and allow for a more focused job search.

Green Jobs Pathways Out of Poverty Grants - $3 million for the Citrus Levy Marion Regional Workforce Development Board, $2.2 million for Florida State College at Jacksonville, and $2.3 million for Boley Centers, Inc. to help disadvantaged populations find ways out of poverty and into economic self-sufficiency through employment in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. In addition, Florida shares a $4.9 million multi-state investment awarded to Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America.

Green Jobs Energy Training Partnership Grant - $3.3 million for the Broward County Minority Builders Coalition to provide training that prepares workers and leads them to job placements in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.

Green Jobs Green Capacity Building Grants - $100,000 to enhance the capacity of the Florida Institute for Workforce Innovation and $100,000 to enhance the capacity of the Urban League of Broward County to help individuals acquire the skills needed to enter and advance in green industries and occupations.

Green Jobs State Labor Market Information Improvement Grants - $1.25 million to improve labor market information, which will be the foundation to build and implement effective workforce development strategies for energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. Also, as a consortium member, Florida shares $3.75 million to partner on issues with a regional, multi-state or national impact.

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program - $1.9 million for the City of Jacksonville, Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners, Volunteers of America (Cocoa Beach), Volunteers of America (Long Beach), and Big Bend Jobs and Education Council, Inc. to provide occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search, placement assistance and follow-up services for homeless veterans. In addition, $200,000 was awarded to Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care Opportunity, Inc. and $237,974 was awarded to Tampa Crossroads, Inc. to provide job training, counseling and placement services (including job readiness, and literacy and skills training) to expedite the reintegration of homeless female veterans and veterans with families into the labor force.

Mine Safety and Health Administration’s State Health and Safety Training Grant - $168,858 for Florida to provide federally mandated training to miners. The grants cover training and retraining of miners working at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines, including miners engaged in shell dredging or employed at surface stone, sand and gravel mining operations.

I called the ONE-STOP CAREER CENTER and Options Florida again - this time mentioning the info on the WIA flyer and DOL website.

Again the answer was “No.” The guy said WIA funding ran out the second week in January.  But if I need resume writing tips, or don’t know how to use a computer mouse - the state offers free classes for both. The only thing I see missing is an “English as a second language” class for their real target audience.

I went back to the internet, found the Federal Student Aid Hotline - 800-433-3243 - and talked to someone there.

To apply, go HERE fill out the form with your personal data, and make yourself a PIN.

Then - using that PIN - go to the FAFSA WEBSITE to apply and find out what’s available.

It asks for last year’s income like the IRS 1040 form. I’ve been living off my retirement money taxed at 30% - 20% + 10% EARLY WITHDRAWAL PENALTY - since loosing my job. On a 1040 that’s considered income - making it look like I’m rolling in dough.

Although I checked the displaced worker box, I wasn’t approved for any federal help.

Still not believing there is no help out there - I wrote my CONGRESSMAN JOHN MICA.  He didn’t answer, so I posted my questions/concerns on one of his internet forums.  The result - my posts disappeared, and I got blacklisted.

An unemployed friend in another state is getting SSI for a mental disability, and started college last month.  His SSI pays the rent, and three government grants are paying the college bill.

All I can get is a date in bankruptcy court, and thrown out on the street.


Work Opportunity Tax Credit

WOTC is a Federal tax credit available to employers who hire and retain veterans and individuals from other target groups with significant barriers to employment. Employers claim about $1 billion in tax credits each year under the WOTC program. There is no limit on the number of individuals an employer can hire to qualify to claim the tax credit, and there are a few simple steps to follow to apply for WOTC.

Who doesn’t get a break - the long term unemployed.


A veteran who is:

A member of a family that received SNAP benefits (food stamps) for at least a 3-month period during the 15-month period ending on the hiring date.

Entitled to compensation for a service-connected disability:

Hired within 1 year of discharge or release from active duty

Unemployed at least 6 months in the year ending on the hiring date


At least 4 weeks

At least 6 months

Please note that to be considered a veteran eligible for WOTC, an individual must meet these two standards:

Have served on active duty (not including training) in the U.S. Armed Forces for more than 180 days or have been discharged or released from active duty for a service-connected disability

Not have a period of active duty (not including training) of more than 90 days that ended during the 60-day period ending on the hiring date

Long-term Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Recipient:

A member of a family that meets one of the following circumstances:

Received TANF benefits for at least 18 consecutive months ending on the hiring date.

Received TANF benefits for at least 18 consecutive or non-consecutive months after August 5, 1997, and has a hiring date that is not more than 2 years after the end of the earliest 18-month period after August 5, 1997.

Stopped being eligible for TANF payments during the past 2 years because a Federal or state law limited the maximum time those payments could be made.

Short-term TANF Recipient:

A member of a family that received TANF benefits for any 9-month period during the 18-month period ending on the hiring date.

SNAP (food stamp) Recipient:

An 18-39 year old member of a family that received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for the 6 months ending of the hiring date or received SNAP benefits for at least 3 of the 5 months ending on the hiring date.

Designated Community Resident:

An 18-39 year old who lives within one of the federally designated Rural Renewal Counties or Empowerment Zones.

Vocational Rehabilitation Referral:

An individual with a disability who completed or is completing rehabilitative services from a state-certified agency, an Employment Network under the Ticket to Work program, or the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.


An individual who has been convicted of a felony and has a hiring date that is not more than 1 year after the conviction or release from prison.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient:

A recipient of SSI benefits for any month ending during the past 60-day period ending on the hire date.

Summer Youth Employee

A 16 or 17 year-old youth who works for the employer between May 1 and September 15 and lives in an Empowerment Zone.

Posted by Elvis on 01/25/13 •
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