ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity said workers have processed 100,000 paper applications for unemployment benefits.
Amid the spread of the coronavirus more than 2,000 people have been working to process these applications.
The DEO posted a photo of one location where crews have been making sure the applications get processed while they maintain social distancing.
100k paper applications have been processed! Huge thanks to the 2k state employee volunteers dedicated to swiftly processing & fulfilling our mission to pay Floridians quickly. Here’s 1 location where our team is practicing social distancing, working quickly & also staying safe! pic.twitter.com/caGWVb0ACg— Florida DEO (@FLDEO) April 24, 2020
Many Floridians have struggled with applying for benefits online.
“This thing was a clunker, there’s no doubt about it it was designed to fail, basically, I think,” the governor said of the Florida unemployment website.
Nearly 22% of more than 701,700 unemployment claims have been paid by the state totaling $157 million, according to the DEO.