Labor report: As demand for workers increases, FL cuts unemployment benefits

BY: - July 16, 2021

Florida’s labor report Friday cites 69,300 new private-sector jobs in the economy over the past month and an increase of 907,000 jobs since the COVID-19 pandemic forced 1.3 million workers off their jobs in spring 2020 to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Still, 523,000 Florida workers were unemployed in June, comprising 5 percent of […]

More than 1 million FL workers file for unemployment, as pandemic continues and benefit system struggles

BY: - April 23, 2020

Nearly 1.2 million jobless workers in Florida have filed initial claims for unemployment benefits, with more than a half million filing in the week ending April 18, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday. Florida was second in the nation with 505,137 workers seeking unemployment benefits in the last week, as the COVID-19 outbreak closed […]

Unemployment claims soar in Florida as COVID-19 outbreak shuts down the state’s economy

BY: - April 2, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has tripled the number of Florida workers filing new claims for unemployment in the last week, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Labor. Some 227,000 jobless workers in Florida filed for unemployment benefits in the week ending on March 28, the report shows. It compares to the 74,313 […]

FL to remove 1-week waiting period for jobless workers seeking benefits; application process is a nightmare

BY: - April 1, 2020

While thousands of jobless workers remain frustrated by Florida’s cumbersome unemployment benefits application process, the state is waiving a requirement that could get benefits to people more quickly during the coronavirus crisis. In an emergency rule published Tuesday, the Department of Economic Opportunity said it will not enforce a provision in state law that normally […]

FL workers struggle to claim unemployment benefits, even as feds increase aid during COVID-19 crisis

BY: - March 30, 2020

Maxine Jackson worked as a housekeeper at the posh St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami-Dade County until March 20, when she was laid off. Now Jackson, is a single mother raising five children, needs help in the form of unemployment benefits that Florida pays workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their […]

Here’s one idea to help FL workers who are getting professionally punished due to student loan debt

BY: - September 6, 2019

A state Democratic lawmaker has filed legislation to ensure that Floridians can maintain their occupational licenses and remain in the workforce while paying off student loan debt. Several states have passed similar legislation in recent years.  Florida is now one of only 14 states which still have laws on the books that penalize people by […]

Florida has 10 million-plus workers: Here’s a snapshot of who they are

BY: - September 2, 2019

Florida’s workforce is becoming increasingly diverse, older and better educated, according to a new Labor Day-related report from Florida International University. With more than 10 million workers and a 3.3 percent unemployment rate as of July, Florida’s workforce has largely recovered from the impact of the Great Recession that reached its peak in the state […]

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A Florida pension that’s still working

BY: - July 24, 2019

Pensions are vanishing from the American workplace. But Florida has a pension fund that is thriving and plays an important role in the lives of more than 1 million workers. It is paying benefits to more than 415,000 retired employees – a majority of them women. And more than 643,000 active workers are anticipating the […]

McDonald’s employees in Orlando and Miami protest for $15 wage

BY: - July 19, 2019

Shortly after the House of Representatives in Washington voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour on Thursday, union activists announced that McDonald’s employees in 10 American cities – including Miami and Orlando – will rally today, calling on the fast food giant to raise salaries to $15 as well. The national rallies […]