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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Florida officials say they made huge improvements to the unemployment system over the weekend, but the state still faces a massive backlog of applications that will likely require Floridians wait weeks before seeing any money. During a Monday news conference, Gov. Ron DeSantis and state officials said they're aiming to process 80,000 applications this week, a drastic increase from the prior week. But the state already has a backlog of more than 560,000 applications, and potentially hundreds of thousands of other Floridians have been unable to apply because of the website's problems.

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The state's website, the primary way to apply for unemployment, has been riddled with error messages and glitches that have prevented people from applying. The call center, the secondary way to apply, has been no better, with callers facing up to 12 hours on hold, if they're able to connect at all.

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This is the state whose Republicans passed legislation to test all those nasty druggies who get welfare.... and then had to revoke the law after the testing turned up around 2 percent and cost 10's of thousands of dollars.

I'm sure the unemployment system will be fixed with just as much competence.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-04-07 05:01 PM | Reply

Republicans sure do love incompetent government.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-07 05:06 PM | Reply

Well the FL clowns figured they wouldn't need it with all that laissez-faire goings on... and the foregoing of the free market system whilst saving it.

#3 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-04-07 05:19 PM | Reply

Governor DeSatan is the best Governor of the whole world ever!
-Gracie

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-04-07 05:47 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Florida should have elected De Negro Andrew Gillum.
Negroes have a lot of experience with Unemployment.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-07 05:50 PM | Reply

No prob! Now that Der Dotard got rid of that nasty oversight inspector general, his COVID-19 team (J-Red the K, team leader) will be flinging bags of dolla-dolla bills out the side of a plane, all across the breadth and width of the Sunshine State, just in time for the November elections...

#6 | Posted by catdog at 2020-04-07 05:53 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

February Florida saw 2.8% unemployment numbers. The state in just 11 days saw applications that totaled more than all of 2019. Due to the virus unemployment offices were closed. Call centers were downsized for essential staff only. This contributed to the issues. Gov DeSantis in an effort to get things moving has partnered with FedEX. Applicants can now go to any FedEX office, download the application, fill it out and give it back to FedEX who will overnight the applications to Tallahassee, no charge to the applicant. They have also waived the standard of keeping a week in arrears. Unemployment is retroactive. Amazon, Publix, Winn Dixie, Dollar General, etc are BEGGING for people to apply, they are open and hiring. Nobody is overloading their systems for job application requests.

#7 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2020-04-07 06:08 PM | Reply

I hear what you're saying but this:

"Unemployment is retroactive. Amazon, Publix, Winn Dixie, Dollar General, etc are BEGGING for people to apply, they are open and hiring. Nobody is overloading their systems for job application requests"

Seriously, if I were out of work and needing a job I'd thing really hard before I put my family at risk by being in a building with other people. I've cut my trips to the office in half and so have others. The main reason I even go in is because we are down to three at a time in the office and have serious distance to stay away from each other. We also have disinfectant and gels spaced throughout the building literally every 10 feet and we carry small bottles on us. The shipping clerk in the back wipes down every surfaced touched at least three times a day. so far, so good.

#8 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2020-04-07 06:36 PM | Reply

#8 Who do you think is keeping the food supply rolling? You have a choice some industries don't. They desperately need employees. But somehow the reward to not seek employment with the stimulus package far outweighs getting a job and working for your money, until at least July.

#9 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2020-04-07 06:47 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#8 Who do you think is keeping the food supply rolling? You have a choice some industries don't. They desperately need employees. But somehow the reward to not seek employment with the stimulus package far outweighs getting a job and working for your money, until at least July.

#9 | POSTED BY GRACIEAMAZED AT 2020-04-07 06:47 PM | FLAG:

I'm not arguing the point you're making. I actually agree. It's the fear that keeps most from going to work. I'm sure there are some just wanting to take advantage of a situation. I've had a few here do that and we are 100% essential business. We serve Refining, nuclear, defense and aerospace. I and a few others are trading responsibilities and working from home in alternating regimen to cut our exposure. Because if we get sick, managing in the crisis or ramping back up will be almost impossible without us.

#10 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2020-04-07 07:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#9: Wow. What a nave response. Did you even comprehend Lft's point in #8 or did it really just go right over your head? Wow. And rightwingers wonder why so many of us question their basic intelligence.

Rather than engage the actual issue, you just immediately jump to the rightwing Foxnews talking point that people are lazy and do not want to seek employment.

#11 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-04-07 07:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

How does Florida not yet have this on a website, like in California?

When I got laid off I went through the entire process of registering for and filing unemployment without having to mail any forms to Sacramento.
They sent me a Bank of America EDD Debit Visa card. Money gets loaded on there every week that I file a claim. This system works perfectly fine.
prepaid.bankofamerica.com

What's happening in Florida isn't incompetence. It is malfeasance.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-07 07:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

"What's happening in Florida isn't incompetence. It is malfeasance."

It's intentional.

#13 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-04-07 07:19 PM | Reply

#11 Was reading not a requirement in law school?

"I'm not arguing the point you're making. I actually agree." #10 | POSTED BY LFTHNDTHRDS AT 2020-04-07 07:03 PM

#14 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2020-04-07 07:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"But somehow the reward to not seek employment with the stimulus package far outweighs getting a job and working for your money, until at least July."

Two things.

The reward of not spreading the virus is: less dead people.
The less dead people, the lower the cost of the needed rescue package.

People who aren't Deplorable can figure these things out. Why can't you?

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-07 07:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"But somehow the reward to not seek employment with the stimulus package far outweighs getting a job and working for your money, until at least July."

How many of those people are even going to receive their stimulus before July?

#16 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-04-07 07:54 PM | Reply

Clearly, Republicans only care about money, not people.

#17 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-04-07 09:29 PM | Reply

...Amazon, Publix, Winn Dixie, Dollar General, etc are BEGGING for people to apply...

Suddenly labor is a valuable commodity? Doesn't the free market work the other way? Tell them to start offering enough to make the risk worthwhile. $100/hr would do it for me.

#18 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2020-04-08 08:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"But somehow the reward to not seek employment with the stimulus package far outweighs getting a job and working for your money, until at least July."

I'm pretty sure you value your own health, you don't understand that the potential employees do too? And I shop at Publix, many of the customers don't even respect the workers there enough to wear masks. Income inequality causes those who "have" to disregard the welfare of those who "don't have" as if we live in a caste system.

#19 | Posted by danni at 2020-04-08 09:38 AM | Reply

Amazon, Publix, Winn Dixie, Dollar General, etc are BEGGING for people to apply

Haha. Yeah, all those unemployed engineers, pilots, architects and bankers should just go push carts at Winn Dixie for $8.46/hour.

I realize that as a moocher off the government pension you stole from your ex husband you have no understanding of money, but that isn't how the world works.

#20 | Posted by JOE at 2020-04-08 09:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Rather than engage the actual issue, you just immediately jump to the rightwing Foxnews talking point that people are lazy and do not want to seek employment."

Fox News = evil. Simple, true, correct. If you watch Fox News. 1. your an idiot, 2. you listen to lies, 3. you are an idiot.

#21 | Posted by danni at 2020-04-08 09:48 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

1. ...your an idiot,
#21 | Posted by danni

Self-retorting retort of the day.

#22 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2020-04-08 10:37 AM | Reply

Everything about Florida is FUBAR. They couldn't even get their own voters to support Hillary over Trump in 2016.

#23 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-04-08 10:44 AM | Reply

February Florida saw 2.8% unemployment numbers. The state in just 11 days saw applications that totaled more than all of 2019. Due to the virus unemployment offices were closed. Call centers were downsized for essential staff only. This contributed to the issues. Gov DeSantis in an effort to get things moving has partnered with FedEX. Applicants can now go to any FedEX office, download the application, fill it out and give it back to FedEX who will overnight the applications to Tallahassee, no charge to the applicant. They have also waived the standard of keeping a week in arrears. Unemployment is retroactive. Amazon, Publix, Winn Dixie, Dollar General, etc are BEGGING for people to apply, they are open and hiring. Nobody is overloading their systems for job application requests.

#7 | POSTED BY GRACIEAMAZED

None of this excuses Florida from setting up an unemployment system designed to fail.

Nor does requiring people to go to FedEx during a shelter in place order to fill out an application for unemployment and then wait weeks or MONTHS for processing without income.

Fedex only just started doing this TODAY. It's only at 100 sites throughout Florida. So you better be near one. And that's 1 site per 10,000 unemployment applications if Federal estimates are right about the number of people trying to apply.

Also, I checked, unless you have HR, engineering or truck driving certifications, there are approximately 100 Amazon jobs in the entire state according to employment websites.

For some perspective, Applebee's alone laid off enough people in Florida to cover most of the jobs open at Amazon, Publix, Winn Dixie, Dollar General, etc.

Now let's get to reality:

You want people in Florida who worked hard at high paying jobs who are now laid off due to Coronavirus to give up unemployment they are legally entitled to and to go risk their lives and the lives of their families by working at companies who provide zero protection in exchange for $10 an hour ($400 a week) because idiot Florida Republicans are too stupid and evil to put together a working Unemployment Application and Review system?

Gracie, your excuses are pathetic.

#24 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-04-08 11:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Florida created an unemployment system with one goal in mind, to be so bad that most people would never get any benefits thus assuring Florida employers that their unemployment insurance rates would be as low as possible due to the small number of people who eventually got their payments. And the state's on-line application systems is virtually nonexistent, again, to make it as hard as possible for laid-off workers to apply for unemployment benefits.

OCU

#25 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-04-08 03:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#14 GRACIEAMAZED

Warehouses are re-infection zones, not only posing ongoing health hazards but create a stigma resenting both the company and their employees. Healthcare workers put their lives in a constant state of risk and are avoided when encountered simply because of the stigma of being in proximity to diseased and dying people. These warehouses do not offer personal protection equipment and yet they're profiteering has increased throughout the pandemic and in fact rather than paying their employees unemployment they are replacing them with new hires. This isn't just about what is an essential business but how essential business is conducted. You seem interested in merely stock valuation that are extraordinary short-term and limited to a recycling workforce. That isn't sustainable and I would swiftly kick your butt at almost any strategy game. This economy isn't intended to function on behalf of everyone and will need to shift to either working remotely or be replaced due to ongoing illness.

#26 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-04-09 09:07 AM | Reply

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