DORAL, FL – Unemployment benefits recipients in Florida need to start looking for a job to be able to continue receiving the state aid, said Governor Ron DeSantis at a news conference on Wednesday.
They need to show proof that they are indeed actively trying to leave their unemployed status starting on June, being May the last month residents can collect money without this requirement. Florida’s unemployment benefits are of at least $275 a week.
“Normally when you’re getting unemployment, the whole idea is that’s temporary, and you need to be looking for work to be able to get off unemployment,” DeSantis said.
Last year, in the midst of an economic and employment crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, Florida governor suspended unemployment work search requirements in the state that demanded people to make at least five job contacts per week that could later be verified by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
But now that things are finally getting on the right track with an economy rapidly recovering, an unemployment rate below the national average and the many signs of ‘now hiring’ that are visibly displayed at businesses across the state, there is not excuse.
“I think it’s pretty clear now, we have an abundance of job openings,” said the Florida governor about the current scenario. “We absolutely can put more people to work. The demand is there. Businesses want to hire more people, and I think we can go in that direction very soon.”