Department of Economic Opportunity

State Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

Nov 18, 2019
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Florida's unemployment rate held at 3.2 percent from September to October, the state reported Friday. The rate represents an estimated 331,000 Floridians out of work from a workforce of 10.465 million, according to numbers released by the state Department of Economic Opportunity. 

More than a year after Hurricane Irma, blue tarps still lay on roofs across South Florida. According to the Miami Herald, tens of thousands of homeowners across the state are still waiting for assistance to pay for damages to their houses and many have sued insurance companies.

State Opens Bridge Loan Program for Algae Impacts

Jul 15, 2016

Businesses impacted by toxic algae blooms linked to water releases from Lake Okeechobee have until the end of August to apply for short-term loans to help get through the problems plaguing parts of Southeast and Southwest Florida.

Getting unemployment checks to people on time matters; without those small checks, those who have lost their jobs may fall farther behind on utilities or rent, putting them at risk of being homeless. Everybody knows that, right?

The company responsible for Florida’s troubled unemployment database won a $31.6 million contract with the Department of Children and Families for the Medicaid enrollment system update, even though it didn’t have the lowest bid, the Miami Herald reports.