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Those unemployed feel left behind by DeSantis’ special legislative session

Four new laws are now in the books in Florida after legislators met during the special session to address vaccines mandates. One of the laws includes a provision to allow employees let go for being unvaccinated to collect unemployment benefits. But, unemployment activists say they want consistency from the state. They hoped for a special […]

Employer also faces unemployment system access issues

So many of you have struggled to collect Reemployment Assistance benefits through Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity CONNECT website. But it’s not just you; employers are also having trouble with the system. They’re getting locked out of their accounts and unable to get help. One employer we spoke to has struggled for nearly six months, […]

Unemployed Floridians continue to fight for $300 federal unemployment benefit

A group of unemployed Floridians is fighting to bring back the $300 a week in federal unemployment benefits that Gov. Ron DeSantis got rid of. A Leon County court ruled against reinstating the benefits in August. Now, the group plans to appeal that decision. They say the pandemic isn’t over. People are still unemployed and […]

Career fair to feature more than 300 openings for employers in SWFL

Florida Joblink is hosting a job fair at Drury Inn, at 9950 University Plaza, Fort Myers from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., this Thursday, September 16. More than 20 companies will be offering immediate interviews. Available positions include banking and finance, medical services, insurance, education, sales, marketing, police forces, hospitality, customer service, pharmacists, warehouse, construction, […]

One year after Dane Eagle takes over DEO, problems persist

Tuesday marks one year since Secretary Dane Eagle took over as head of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. One of his goals was to improve Connect, the DEO’s unemployment website. The agency has hundreds of additional workers. Nearly 2.5 million people have gotten benefits paid since March of 2020 but many others have issues. […]

Florida DEO Connect website not allowing people to log in

Across the state, many have been dealing with the same issues over and over regarding the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. This time, some cannot even log into the website. Those people say they’re typing in the right email address and password multiple times but the website claims it is wrong. And those same people […]

Federal unemployment programs end after this weekend

Vital unemployment programs that were put in place nationwide at the start of the pandemic end this weekend and many unemployed people in Florida fear the worst. With the delta variant surge and the eviction moratorium lifted, for some, it’s the only thing keeping a roof over their head and food on the table. Ken […]

Unemployment website launches two-factor authentication causing confusion, frustration

There are now new complications being reported with Florida’s unemployment website plagued by fraud. A change meant to keep your account secure and keep scammers out is confusing people who need to claim their benefits. What’s at issue is a new two-factor authentication log in screen. First, you sign-in with your email and password as […]

Judge rules for DeSantis on unemployment benefits

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis didn’t violate the law when he stopped taking federal money to provide additional unemployment benefits, a judge has ruled. A group of unemployed Floridians sued DeSantis over his decision to stop using $300 a week in federal COVID-19 relief money to supplement the state’s unemployment benefits. Those unemployed individuals that […]

Florida has record number of job openings

Florida has more jobs looking for people than people looking for jobs especially because the Sunshine State is expected to have the tenth largest economy in the world by 2030. The Florida Chamber of Commerce did a study to take a look at the skills gap versus opportunities in the workforce. What they were really […]