Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said this week that residents receiving unemployment benefits will soon have to prove they were looking for work again.
The requirement was lifted during the coronavirus pandemic when unemployment in the state skyrocketed to nearly 14% as businesses closed in April of last year, according to the News Service of Florida.
In March of this year, Florida’s unemployment rate was below 5%.
“Normally when you are unemployed the general idea is that it is temporary, and you have to look for work in order to be able to get out of unemployment,” DeSantis said at a press conference, the press service reported. . “It was a disaster [at the beginning of the pandemic], we have therefore suspended these job search requirements. I think it’s pretty clear now, we have an abundance of vacancies. ”
“I think it’s pretty clear now, we have an abundance of vacancies.”
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DeSantis mentioned that some employers said they had difficulty hiring workers when their businesses reopened.
The governor signed the decree waiving the work requirement last year and said it would end on May 29.
“We put this on hold last year around this time because, frankly, there were no jobs,” he said, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
“I think that now we are in a just different situation, you have a surplus of jobs, in particular in restaurants, accommodation, hotels, that people want to hire,” he added. “But we also want to make sure that, for example, listen, if you’re really unemployed, you can’t find a job, that’s one thing. make sure these incentives line up better. “
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The unemployed would be required to apply for at least five jobs per week to receive benefits.