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U.S. Sen. Nelson Calls Again For Federal Probe Into New State Unemployment Website

Cyd Hoskinson

Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson reiterated his call for the U.S. Labor Department to look into the technical glitches plaguing the state’s $63 million upgrade to its unemployment website.

The new website, called CONNECT, is supposed to let jobless Floridians apply for unemployment benefits online.

People who have tried to use it since its roll-out nearly three weeks ago have complained of error messages, long waits and system crashes. Nelson says that’s unacceptable.  

“Because if people can’t access to get their financial assistance then we are just working at cross purposes as we are getting the economy up under economic recovery,” he said.

Nelson says it’s only been a couple of days since he made his request to the Labor Department so he’s not terribly surprised he hasn’t heard back from them yet.

As for the national health insurance website, Nelson says he’d like to see it fixed and the responsible parties identified before any one gets fired.

Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.