Unemployment Compensation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- About 42,000 out-of-work Floridians whose unemployment benefits have lapsed may be eligible for five
additional weeks of payments.

The Florida Senate passed a bill (SB 1736) Monday to take advantage of the extension in federal funding for unemployment approved by Congress on April 15.

The federal legislation extended temporary state benefits that expired Feb. 28.

Unemployment in Florida hit a record high at 12.3 percent in March, well above the national unemployment average of 9.7 percent.

About 1.1 million Floridians are without jobs.

The bill next goes to the House.

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