Unemployment system issues arise after thousands around Central Florida are out of work due to coronavirus pandemic

Unemployment system issues arise after thousands around Central Florida are out of work due to coronavirus pandemic
Florida unemployment (WFTV.com News Staff)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida residents who are looking for work due to the coronavirus are in desperate need of assistance from the recent $2 trillion stimulus deal lawmakers agreed upon.

The shutdowns and stay-at-home orders hit the local economy hard and Channel 9 found that filing for unemployment benefits is a big challenge for some.

According to the Florida unemployment claims website, laid-off workers are supposed to submit a claim within a week of losing their job, but many are saying they can’t do that because the state website is overloaded.

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Florida officials said the number of unemployment claims have skyrocketed in the last week.

“They’ve had trouble with big call volumes, a website that’s been struggling to help people,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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