unemployment

Unemployment system “built to fail”

Unemployment system “built to fail”

In March 2019, Florida’s auditor general issued a report outlining 17 major issues found with operations of the state’s $77.9 million CONNECT unemployment system. The Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) had been receiving similar less than shining audits of the Reemployment Assistance System since the program launched in 2013. Throughout that time, the system was […]

Overwhelmed jobless system taken down for weekend

Overwhelmed jobless system taken down for weekend

By Jim Turner and Tom Urban News Service of Florida Florida’s overwhelmed online unemployment-compensation system has been taken down for the weekend as the state scrambles to process applications and reduce a massive backlog of claims caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Users of the Department of Economic Opportunity’s CONNECT system, who continue to express frustration […]

Unemployment soaring, state workers redirected to help

Unemployment soaring, state workers redirected to help

Between August 2018 and February 2020, Florida’s unemployment call center took 2.39 million calls, mostly from people out of the job needing assistance. In the last week, they received 2.1 million calls. The Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) re-employment services are swamped as numbers rivaling the Great Recession flood into the system seeking help after […]

Harper assesses state of local economy, outlook for the future

Harper assesses state of local economy, outlook for the future

The U.S. economy is on the rise, hitting milestones not seen since the before the Great Recession. But that rise is accompanied by risks and new challenges. Economist Rick Harper gave the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce a briefing in the state of things Friday during the chamber’s monthly Commerce and Coffee. Read the […]

Unemployment low in Santa Rosa County

Unemployment low in Santa Rosa County

Unemployment is on a downward spiral. For several months now the United States and the state of Florida have been seeing a trend downward in the unemployment rate. And, according to a report from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Santa Rosa County is ahead of the curve. The local rate, 3 percent, is more […]

Florida’s unemployment rate hits 8-year low

Florida’s unemployment rate hits 8-year low

Gov. Rick Scott has announced that Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in February, down from 10.7 percent in December 2010. This milestone marks the state’s lowest unemployment rate in eight years. Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 3.4 percent has consistently exceeded the nation’s for 47-consecutive months. Over the year in February, […]