Florida officials and the company responsible for building the state’s new unemployment claims website in a battle over who it blame for the site’s ongoing problems.
The company responsible for Florida’s new online unemployment-assistance system is coming out in its defense after the Department of Economic Opportunity started fining the company for failing to deliver a “fully functioning” system
Florida officials announced Friday, they are withholding a $3 million payment to the company that built the state’s new unemployment claims website.
Florida’s unemployment rate dropped from 6.7 percent to 6.4 percent in the month of November, but job creation was nearly stagnant as just 6,100 jobs were created in the state.
National unemployment numbers continued to trend lower in November showing solid job creation heading into the final month of 2013.
Florida’s unemployment rate dropped from a seasonally adjusted rate of 6.8 percent in September to 6.7 percent statewide in October. The unemployment rate dropped 1.5 points over the last year and was the lowest since August 2008.
Florida continued to add jobs in the month of September, though it’s not known how many of those jobs are part-time, full-time, or provide benefits.
The state of Florida saw a fourth straight month of stagnant job growth in the month of August with the unemployment rate ticking down from 7.1 percent to 7.0 percent.
Florida’s unemployment rate dropped for a second-straight month to 7.5 percent which was the lowest the rate has been since October 2008 when it was 7.4 percent.
For Florida’s workers, the year 2012 ended on a high note, according to the state’s unemployment report released Friday. Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 8.0 percent in December.