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.