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Floridians still waiting on $600 weekly federal unemployment payment

Posted at 5:11 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 18:19:07-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As a record number of Floridians desperately try to claim unemployment, the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity reported Thursday that just 4% of the 825,000 applicants its received since last week, have been processed.

I-Team Investigator Kylie McGivern found there’s still no word on why federal dollars haven’t yet been added to Florida’s unemployment checks.

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In Florida, the cap for unemployment is $275 a week, among the lowest in the country. So the federal government set aside extra money to help the unemployed — an additional $600 a week.

But out-of-work Floridians tell the I-Team the state has yet to give that money out.

Jennifer Arthur worked as a consultant for Disney Cruise Line before she was laid off, due to the coronavirus.

“I just would like to know, one, where I am at in the backlog so I can at least try to plan ahead, two, when are they going to start dispersing the $600? And then three, how will I know — when will I know that my unemployment application has been processed? Because at this point, I don’t have any of those answers,” said Arthur.

As of Wednesday, even Governor Ron DeSantis couldn’t seem to answer how many people received unemployment checks.

“Every morning I should know how many claims have been paid. Right now, it’s hard for me to even get those numbers and that’s unacceptable,” said DeSantis, in a news conference.


The I-Team has contacted the state’s unemployment office every day, working to get questions from the unemployed answers. So far, the Department of Economic Opportunity has provided little information.

The I-Team will continue to stay on this issue and provide updates as they come in.