Florida Adds Resources to Tackle Volume of Unemployment Applications

Florida Adds Resources to Tackle Volume of Unemployment Applications

Many businesses throughout the U.S. and Florida are closed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. (File photo) STATEWIDE — Gov. Ron DeSantis says the state is making strides in correcting the widespread problems preventing tens of thousands of people from filing for unemployment benefits. The governor says the state has hired almost 1,000 staffers to address the influx of unemployment assistance applications, and state employees are helping the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity take calls and process claims. The DOE says it installed 72 new servers over the weekend to allow more people to apply online. Charter Communications has temporarily opened its live stream free to the public. You can watch Spectrum News via our live stream on your desktop or laptop without a subscription by visiting our website and clicking “Watch Live” in the upper right. Charter also is temporarily offering free broadband and wifi access for 60 days to teachers and families with K-12 or college students. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. The company also will open more than half a million wifi hotspots across the country. Yet some people are still having problems applying. “I can’t get log in to the website, since week of 16th,” said Tonya Olson, who has been trying to apply for unemployment. “Two or three hours a day of trying to call, I’ve sent numerous emails with no response and it’s just an unendingly frustrating.” FedEx is helping out Floridians looking for a job. The company is offering to print and mail re-employment assistance application forms for free. You can go to any FedEx store in Florida to have the forms printed and mailed. As for the state of Florida, it encourages applicants who haven’t been able to complete an online application to go to the website, download and print […]

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