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What's wrong with Florida's unemployment system?


TALLAHASSEE — Thousands of Floridians await jobless benefits of up to $275 a week that they need to survive and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson calls the state's claims system "a mess."

But as bad as the $63 million online site has been for those whose claims have been delayed for weeks, and in some cases months, CONNECT is only the latest example of the barriers blocking Florida's unemployed from collecting benefits.

"The computer issue is focusing attention on the system, but it isn't the biggest problem," said Karen Woodall, executive director of the Florida Center for Fiscal Economic Policy, a Tallahassee nonprofit research group. "The problem is our system."

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What is going on. You can't get a hold of no one. I have been in hold now for over a month with no payment

marshall lynch

I have been waiting to receive benefits since the beginning of December and still nothing. Every time I call im on hold for a long time out get all lines are busy. This had got to change. I'm out of work no more money electric will be shut off Friday water on Monday. But they don't care it doesn't affect then one bit. I guess my kids will have to suffer more than me

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