Florida Shutting Off Federal Jobless Aid

May 24, 2021
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Florida plans to stop providing $300 a week in additional federal unemployment benefits as it pushes for people to return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford
News Service of Florida

Despite opposition from Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida senators plowed ahead Thursday with a proposal to increase state unemployment benefits, which are among the lowest in the nation. 

Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando
News Service of Florida

House Republicans on Tuesday rejected Democratic efforts to increase unemployment assistance, days after Gov. Ron DeSantis opposed boosting benefits that are among the lowest in the nation.

Jacksonville Unemployment Rises To 4.4% Despite Thousands Finding Jobs In March

Apr 19, 2021
Now hiring sign
David Zalubowski / AP File photo

More than 7,500 people gained work around Jacksonville last month but the area’s unemployment rate still rose to 4.4 percent, data that state officials released Friday showed.

Masked woman outside of an unemployment office with a "now hiring" sign.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

An effort to increase Florida’s much-criticized unemployment benefits, boosting the amounts and lengths of payments, continued to advance Thursday in the state Senate.

Companies Announce Plans To Hire Hundreds In Jacksonville Area

Aug 31, 2020
woman holds a pizza in front of a Domino's pizza store
Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

Unemployment and lost wages during the pandemic have taken their toll on families, but at least three businesses have announced substantial hiring campaigns for the Jacksonville area.

Florida Could Look At Loan For Jobless Benefits

Aug 11, 2020
Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking outside at the podium, National Guard members with masks on behind him.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Florida might seek a loan through the U.S. Department of Labor to cover the state’s portion of a plan by President Donald Trump to extend federal unemployment benefits and have states put up 25 percent of the cash. 

A car stops to pick up reemployment forms.
Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

As Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to tout improvements to Florida’s unemployment system, some First Coast applicants who believe they qualify for assistance are being told they’re not eligible.

A car stops to pick up reemployment forms.
Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling for an investigation into the state’s unemployment system, which he described as “broken.”



This week Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his Phase One reopening plan, which will take effect across most of the state (with tighter restrictions remaining in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, where over half the confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths are located) on Monday, May 4.

An employment application form.
Mike Groll / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis is focusing on improvements being made to the state’s overwhelmed unemployment-compensation system, rather than his embattled appointee overseeing the work. Meanwhile, paper applications are being made available across the state.

Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

The unemployment rate in Florida dropped to 3.0 % in December, the lowest mark since the current estimating process started in 1976, according to numbers released by the state 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.

Jacksonville And Florida Turn In Strong Jobs Report

Oct 22, 2018
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Florida’s unemployment rate reached its lowest mark since February 2007, falling 0.2 percentage points in September to 3.5 percent, according to numbers released Friday by the state Department of Economic Opportunity.

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Florida has added a million jobs since 2010.

That’s according to new numbers released by the state Department of Economic Opportunity Friday.

But, other economic indicators continue to be stagnant.

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.

Michelle Corum / WJCT News

Although the overall job market has improved, the U.S. Labor Department finds an increasing number of Americans with disabilities are unemployed. 

Three women living with blindness in Jacksonville are searching for jobs, and not finding any. 

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With the state's unemployment rate holding steady as Gov. Rick Scott's second term got underway, he focused Tuesday on private-sector job growth since he first took office.

The jobless rate stood at 5.7 percent in January, equaling a revised unemployment mark for December, the state Department of Economic Opportunity said Tuesday.

The December figure had initially been posted at 5.6 percent. The national unemployment rate stands at 5.5 percent.

The January figure represents approximately 551,000 Floridians qualifying as unemployed from a work force of 9.7 million.

Michelle Corum / WJCT

It has been difficult for many people to find work in recent years, but it's even more of a challenge for those who are blind or have trouble seeing.

Tropical Depression One, Jorge Labarga, and mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles are in the headlines today.

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.

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Florida's unemployment rate for January 2014 was 6.1 percent, down from 6.2 percent in December.

Unemployment numbers, flight MH370, and Obamacare are in the headlines today.

Governor Rick Scott, unemployment numbers, and sex crimes are in the headlines today.

Michael Dunn, unemployment, and red light cameras are in the headlines today.

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A new report out this week says this month’s cuts to federal long-term unemployment benefits is hitting Florida hard.

This post was updated at 11:20 a.m. ET.

Last year ended on a high note for U.S. employment, with December ticking off 238,000 new private-sector jobs, topping the previous month for the best showing of 2013, according to the latest data from the ADP National Employment Report.

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2014 could be a very good year for those looking for work in Florida.

The polar vortex, Marissa Alexander, and Gov. Rick Scott are in the headlines today.

Tim Tebow, New York, and medical marijuana are in the headlines today.