Our Stories: Made to Fail – Disconnected in Florida (podcast)

After a deep dive into the history of the state’s attitude towards federal unemployment as a whole, it’s clear that there’s more going on in Florida than just a faulty computer system.

Work search, registration, and waiting week waived til December 5, 2020

Governor Ron DeSantis has directed DEO to continue waiving the work search and work registration requirements for claimants for an additional 90 days. These requirements will continue to be waived through December 5, 2020. Additionally, the waiting week requirement will be waived through December 5, 2020.

DeSantis names new head of DEO and we’re not optimistic

Florida District 77 Rep. Dane Eagle (R), the current Florida House Majority Leader, will take over as chief executive of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) on September 14. Eagle replaces Ken Lawson, who resigned as head of DEO on August 31. Eagle lost his party's primary race last month for election to the U.S. … Continue reading DeSantis names new head of DEO and we’re not optimistic

Get electric and gas bill help from the Florida LIHEAP program

The federally-funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps pay energy bills for heating or cooling your home, and offers additional help in crises like pending utility service disconnection. LIHEAP makes payments directly to your energy provider on your behalf. The amount of help you can receive depends on where you live, your income, … Continue reading Get electric and gas bill help from the Florida LIHEAP program

Former chief of FL’s faulty unemployment system quits his job

It’s official. Ken Lawson, head of the state agency that ran Florida’s faulty unemployment system, quit on Monday. He had been secretary of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity since January 2019 but held a reduced role there since this spring. Lawson came under fire in April when his department’s unemployment system proved woefully unable … Continue reading Former chief of FL’s faulty unemployment system quits his job

Finally, DeSantis applies for $300 federal supplement for the jobless

After 32 states enrolled to provide a $300 federal weekly supplement for the jobless, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday decided to participate in the program. The $300, provided from disaster relief funds through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), “should be able to” get about three weeks of benefits from the program, but may be … Continue reading Finally, DeSantis applies for $300 federal supplement for the jobless

July 2020 unemployment rate is up to 11.3%

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 11.3 percent in July 2020, up 1.0 percentage point from the revised June 2020 rate, and up 8.2 percentage points from a year ago. There were 1,125,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 9,975,000.  The U.S. unemployment rate was 10.2 percent in July.  Florida’s seasonally adjusted total … Continue reading July 2020 unemployment rate is up to 11.3%