Unemployment issues linger after Florida residents report site problems following overnight processing

ORLANDO, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis said 62,000 filed unemployment claims before 10 p.m. Sunday evening.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s reemployment application system was down from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to help improve the site’s ability to process applications.

DeSantis said that number is so high because upgrades were already made with 72 new servers allowing people to get on, but people still reported issues with filing as of Monday morning.

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The department said they are working as fast as they can to resolve the issue and get Floridians their money.

The governor even called for state workers who are staying at home to start taking calls to help with the issue.

Officials trained 250 people over the weekend to take calls and plan on training 500 people Monday for the task.

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DeSantis did say that with the upgrades, the site can hold over 120,000 connections at a time.

Florida leaders didn’t provide an update on when applicants could receive money from the CARES Act.

Christopher Boyce, WFTV.com

Christopher Boyce joined WFTV in January of 2019.