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New unemployment program may give people an extra $100 per week

State unemployment benefits only take W-2 earnings into consideration and doesn’t recognize 1099 wages, so those with mixed earnings can now receive compensation.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (Note: The video above is from a previous, related report.)

Applications are now open for the new unemployment program, Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation, which may add an extra $100 to your unemployment benefits.

The program is only for those who utilize state unemployment benefits.

The calculations for state unemployment benefits only take W-2 earnings into consideration and doesn’t recognize 1099 wages, so not all those with mixed earnings have received what they deserve.

MEUC will pay claimants an extra $100 per week, but not exceed the maximum benefit amount of $275.

To qualify, you must have been self-employed or a gig worker and made at least $5,000 for the most recent tax year through both W-2s and 1099s.

Those who qualify will need to apply through the PEGA website, not their CONNECT accounts.

Click this link for instructions from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Unemployment expert Vanessa Brito recommends taking the following steps:

  • If you applied for benefits on PEGA in 2020, do not create a new account. Sign in with your existing account.
  • If you're creating a new account, make sure you use the same email address you use on your CONNECT account.
  • When uploading documents, make sure to: Select File --> Upload --> Attach --> Save Application for Later --> Finish.

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