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Florida unemployment issues still persists

Florida’s Unemployment website CONNECT down for maintenance

The numbers aren’t looking good at the moment

On Thursday, Gov. DeSantis announced Florida sent unemployment payments to only 33,623 people who applied for benefits after the COVID-19 outbreak. 850,000 people have filed so far.

The Florida Unemployment website $32 million dollars later

In a bid to aid with unemployment woes, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity recently dumped $32 million dollars into the unemployment system. I wanted to explore what working with the system currently looks like. It remains to be seen if they will be able to workout the kinks any time soon.

So paper applications were recommended but it’s not a viable solution

Both websites are out of commission and are inaccessible for most applicants. It was recommended that applicants log on during late and early morning hours. But currently, the website routinely goes down from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m for maintenance. So the government has been recommended to fill out paper applications. And hundreds in Hialeah did just that—putting themselves at risk to contract the coronavirus. (An insider disclosed masks and gloves were not mandatory.) However, Florida still isn’t getting benefits out to people who need them the most. It isn’t on a first come, first serve basis. And when you account for the lengthy process even if you file via paper, the Department of Revenue may not determine your eligibility for some time (and that includes the extra $600 from the CARES Act).

Florida Unemployment expands their call center but has been slow to mobilize

Out of the $116 million dollars poured into Florida Unemployment — it includes an expansion on the call center which has about 2,000 temporary employees onboard.

Where Florida Unemployment goes from here

It’s hard to say what, if any, relief will come soon due to the sheer volume of applicants and questionable decisions which have been made by the Florida government throughout this ordeal. DeSantis has recognized a three week turnaround is too long. So we’re looking at least another month of this if not two.

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