Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Aerial view of downtown Jacksonville.
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Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that Jacksonville added 18,100 new private-sector jobs over the past year as the number of employed Floridians surpassed 10 million for the first time.

Then Florida Governor Rick Scott and Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels survey Black Creek flooding after Hurricane Irma in September 2017.
Former Governor Rick Scott's Office

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has pushed back the application deadline for local governments in areas impacted by Hurricane Irma to apply for grant funding for a voluntary home buyout program.

The unemployment rate among Florida’s 1.5 million veterans is around 5 percent. That’s lower than the rate among all Floridians.  

Still, the state’s top economic development officer says Florida can do better by its veterans.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio says most employers want to hire veterans but don’t, many times because of the disconnect between military and civilian job descriptions.

Florida Unemployment Up Slightly In March

Apr 18, 2014

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — For the first time since the middle of 2010, the state's monthly jobless rate went up in March.

Governor Rick Scott, Charlie Crist, and UF Health are in the headlines today.

Florida Updates State Website for Jobless Assistance

Oct 14, 2013
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Floridians seeking unemployment assistance will see changes to the website they use to make their claims, starting Tuesday.

The Department of Economic Opportunity, which oversees the state’s reemployment efforts, has been replacing its three-decade-old computer system over the past week with a new one called "CONNECT."

Out-of-work jobseekers haven't been able to use the online processing site since last Wednesday.

DEO Director Jesse Panuccio says the new system will be more user-friendly, available 24/7, and easier for the department to maintain.