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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: U.S. Dept. of Labor reports Florida ranked at very bottom in the percentage of the unemployed claims it processed


Congratulations, Florida. You’re the worst! At getting unemployment aid to people who desperately need it, that is. New data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows Florida ranked at the very bottom of all 50 states in the percentage of the unemployed claims it processed, serving just 1.1 percent of its workforce between mid-March until early April. On Monday, the ironically named Department of Economic Opportunity released an online dashboard in an effort at transparency. The data is updated daily and shows the number of claims submitted, verified, processed and paid. On Wednesday, more than 1.6 million claims had been submitted, and just over 94,000 residents had received checks. That means 86 percent of Florida residents who were laid off …
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Five Cent Increase to FL Minimum Wage Next Month


Florida is giving every minimum-wage worker a whole five-cent pay raise next month. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity says the state’s minimum wage will go from $8.05 per hour to $8.10 per hour on Jan. 1 based on inflation rates calculated by the Consumer Price Index. Assuming employees consistently work 40 hours a week on this wage (which isn’t always the case), the minimum-wage worker’s annual salary would increase from $16,744 to $16,848. That’s $104 more a year or about $8.67 more a month. In food terms, that’s enough to buy yourself a steak burrito from Chipotle but not enough for extra guac. A recent study from the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University a family …
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