Panel Proposes Cutting Florida Unemployment Costs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Governor-elect Rick Scott's economic
development transition team has recommended cutting off
unemployment compensation for jobless Floridians who don't spend
enough time looking for work.

The panel Wednesday also suggested that they be required to do
community work if they can't find jobs after 12 weeks.

Those are among recommendations designed to reduce unemployment
compensation costs.

Florida employers are facing a major increase in the tax they
pay into the program due to Florida's high unemployment rate. It's
been just under 12 percent for the last few months.

Minimum rates are set to go up from $25.20 per employee this
year to $72.10 in 2011.

Businesses are lobbying lawmakers to curtail that increase.

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