The state has started to allow people filing jobless claims to submit paper applications as a scramble continues to upgrade the overwhelmed online CONNECT unemployment system and to bring on hundreds of people to handle telephone calls about the application process.
Governor Ron DeSantis says he spoke with Fred Smith, president and founder of FedEx, about using company locations in Florida to provide the applications after people ran into widespread problems with a state unemployment-compensation website.
“Obviously, if the website is functioning, that is going to take off pressure from the paper applications. But, still, we think it is important under these circumstances for people to be able to have that.”
State unemployment benefits can total up to 275 dollars a week for 12 weeks.
People must also apply through the state to qualify for federal stimulus assistance of 600 dollars a week for 13 weeks.
Paper applications are also being handled at CareerSource Florida locations, and the state Department of Economic Opportunity is working with local governments to expand the use of paper applications.
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