Unemployment Benefits Cause Concern

    The national unemployment rate is at a 14 year high at 6-point-5 percent.  Florida’s latest jobless rate is even higher at 6-point-6 percent, with new numbers slated to be released later this month.  This becomes a bigger problem as about one in five people who apply for unemployment benefits, are turned down.

**FILE** In this July 30, 2008 file photo, jobs brochures are seen on display at a state unemployment office in Sunnyvale, Calif. The government says Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, the number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, the second straight weekly drop from a six-year high. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)

The national unemployment rate is at a 14 year high at 6-point-5 percent. Florida’s latest jobless rate is even higher at 6-point-6 percent, with new numbers slated to be released later this month. This becomes a bigger problem as about one in five people who apply for unemployment benefits, are turned down.

Harold Chisholn was laid off from his flooring job three months ago.
He just filed an unemployment claim. It can’t come soon enough. He says, “I may lose my house. I already went down to one car.
It is what it is.”

Every year about half a million people in Florida file an unemployment claim. About one if five people who apply for unemployment benefits in Florida is denied. In most cases, people who earn less than 3,400 bucks don’t qualify for benefits. People who take buyouts may also be denied.

Still, the State Agency for Workforce Innovation says there are few hard and fast rules when it comes to awarding a claim. Robby Cunningham is with the agency, and says "people should apply whether they’re certain they qualify or not, because the experts here at the agency will be able to determine, they’re eligibility.”
Governor Charlie Crist hopes the federal government can help the state’s unemployed. He said, “we have also reached out to members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats they look like they are going to have a session sometime next week, that will deal with some of these issues in Washington, and we want to help.”

One way the state is helping is through a 1.4 billion dollar roads project. The Accelerate Florida program announced earlier this fall should create 40,000 jobs.

The agency is asking anybody with questions about their eligibility to call the unemployment hotline at 1-800-204-2418.


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  • by GodBlessAmerica Location: Wakulla on Nov 10, 2008 at 07:42 PM
    Where is the Citizens $700 Billion dollar bail out? The Rich only protect the rich and their interest. Not the parents who can't feed their children, or pay rent or shelter or afford MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING. Why couldn't our Gov. Fund TCC Quick Job Prgram FULLY?? Why did the $544 Billion awarded to the State of Florida to HELP "The Stuggling Housing Crisis" and the Center for the Homeless Coalition (Whom just recieved a huge dollar amount, I mean HUGE) Not be able to have ANY FUNDS AVAILABLE TILL OCTOBER of NEXT YEAR, For their Emergency Financial Assitance Program that would assist and help prevent homelessness with a mere $400. per applicant if granted. HOW DOES AN ANGENCY LIKE THAT RUN OUT OF MONEY WHEN BILLIONS ARE BEING GIVEN TO WALL STREET? INS CO's, and BANKS? God Bless America~PEACE
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