The federal government will allow the state to pay unemployment claims in cases that have been in dispute for more than a week, as officials look to ease a backlog created by Florida’s new but trouble-plagued $63 million unemployment assistance website.
Thousands of unemployed South Floridians will finally be getting their benefits checks after the state’s troubled new system had held them up.
Florida’s unemployed were able to file jobless claims as of Tuesday morning, but the process was perhaps not as smooth as some had hoped.
There is a new breed of truthers on the right. Joining the paranoid ranks of the advocates of a government role in 9-11 and the birthers fascination with President Obama’s birth certificate are conservatives that believe the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is making up jobs numbers to benefit President Obama.
It’s a mix of good and bad news for South Florida’s jobless claims. First-time unemployment claims for May continue to trend below where they were a year ago.
While Florida won’t release their first time jobless claims numbers for a couple of more weeks, nationwide the numbers were up for the third week signaling a weakening in the job market.
While the nation’s unemployment rate dropped in December to 9.3 percent, the overall unemployment picture isn’t improving and it’s especially bad in the Sunshine State where the unemployment rate stands at 11.6 percent.