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Fishkind Conversations: On DeSantis Ending Federal Unemployment Assistance 2 Months Early


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Hank Fishkind. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE


Governor Ron DeSantis will stop the flow of federal pandemic unemployment assistance to Florida residents as of Saturday. DeSantis is ending the supplemental $300 per week in benefits, two months before the federal program runs out.

He says it’s because of all the job openings across the state. But economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind tells WMFE’s Nicole Darden Creston, it’s not that simple.

Fishkind starts with a quick refresher on how the federal program works.

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Nicole Darden Creston

About Nicole Darden Creston

All Things Considered Host and Reporter

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined WMFE in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from ... Read Full Bio »

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