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Florida suspends unemployment work search requirements until Dec. 5

The quotas require applicants to report five new job searches per week.
A small group of demonstrators gathers at Lake Eola Park to protest the Florida unemployment benefits system, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Many Florida unemployed workers are still trying to apply for and receive unemployment benefits since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
A small group of demonstrators gathers at Lake Eola Park to protest the Florida unemployment benefits system, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Many Florida unemployed workers are still trying to apply for and receive unemployment benefits since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. [ John Raoux | AP ]
Published Sep. 4, 2020

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis is suspending Florida unemployment work search requirements for another two months, he announced Friday, less than 48 hours after they were set to resume.

Until Dec. 5, Floridians won’t have to obey the state’s strict work search quotas, which require applicants to report five new job searches per week to keep their benefits.

Florida’s economy is showing signs of a recovery, with the number of new claims falling to 39,335 for the week ending Aug. 29, the lowest since the beginning of the pandemic. More than 400,000 Floridians received benefits that week.

DeSantis started waiving the work search requirements at the beginning of the pandemic, so that Floridians could more easily qualify for benefits. He’s renewed the waiver a handful of times.

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