VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Businesses across Central Florida have “help wanted” signs in their windows, with some offering signing bonuses of as much as $500.
But despite the available jobs, the area’s unemployment creeped up from 3.7% in December, to 4.9% in January and 5.1% in March.
Gov. Ron DeSantis stopped in Ormond Beach on Thursday and said some employees have told their bosses they make more on unemployment than they do working.
The unemployment payment totals about $575 a week between state and federal benefits.
DeSantis is requiring people to look for jobs on a weekly basis in order to collect unemployment starting June 1.
And as for those federal benefits, DeSantis said he’d rather see that money paid out to people who get a job.
“The government has created certain incentives, so the question is, if you have this amount of money, why not make the incentives point towards re-employment? In other words, get employed, then you get a financial bonus,” DeSantis said.