click to enlarge Screenshot via Florida DEOFor weeks, its been widely publicized as a giant pain to use, but now Floridas unemployment claims website is officially inoperable.The website says that its currently processing payment, so it wont be available again until 8 a.m. on Monday.There have already been a total of 1,818,594 unemployment claims since March 15, according to Floridas Department of Economic Opportunity.
But only 153,788 claimants have been paid.
However, WTSP reported that the Department of Economic Opportunity said it will make retroactive payments.Why is Florida in particular having such a difficult time now processing so many claims?
Its because it never intended to process so many, Susan Houseman, the director of research for the Michigan-based Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, told AP.In fact, it was scaling back in recent years.
So Florida is even less prepared to handle the onslaught than other states.