‘Zero to 120’: Ron DeSantis talks ‘crush’ of jobless numbers
Slow and low, that is the tempo: Unemployment starting to be paid out, Gov. said Monday

Ron DeSantis
DeSantis is worried about longterm effects on the economy.

Gov. Ron DeSantis was able to celebrate low unemployment for many months in his term, but coronavirus put an end to that.

On Monday, responding to reporters’ questions in Palm Beach, DeSantis described the sudden and seismic changes as being “not just zero to 60, but zero to 120.”

“This is a crush that we’ve never experienced in this country,” DeSantis said regarding the furloughs and layoffs and terminations that have become a numbingly regular part of the coronavirus crisis.

“In Florida,” DeSantis added, “we had 200 claims, 500 claims, 900 claims a day. Now we’re … probably at that 25,000 this week.”

“That’s also going to be a challenge on the backend of this,” DeSantis said. “I’m mindful of trying to do this in a way that’s not going to do unnecessary damage to people’s livelihoods.”

DeSantis urged people to continue going online to apply for unemployment, a process that has been fraught with difficulty.

The Governor is aware of difficulties with that process, one instituted in a time when few Floridians were out of work, and one having its shortcomings exposed for the world to see now.

It was not too long ago that Florida’s job picture was clear and un-muddled. January’s 2.8 % was a record low, with 291,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,440,000.

However, more people filed unemployment claims in Florida last week than ever have before in the state.

More than 74,000 individuals applied, shattering Florida’s previous record of 40,403 set in 2009 as the state reeled from the Great Recession. The jobless reports also amounted to a massive jump from the previous week when 6,256 claims were filed.

The Governor’s hope is that the pain is short-lived.

“Six months from now, society’s going to be in really bad shape” if the jobs picture does not turn around.


Florida Politics’ Janelle Irwin Taylor contributed to this post.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Patti Lynn

    March 30, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    The system’s shortcomings have been in the news since Rick Scott initiated HIS plan, and HIS program. It didn’t work when there were 500 claims a week. HOW does the Governor think that it’s going to work with THOUSANDS of claims every hour? If you CARE about the people of Florida, get in there NOW and Fix the system.

  • Valerie Sprieser

    March 31, 2020 at 2:27 am

    Desantis hire a IT firm and get the site fixed now!!!!! You have waived the looking for a job requirements but it still asks you to fill out the form on the website. When you write you can’t look for a job since all the business are closed it flags your request for review! An IT person could fixed your site in a few hours of changing the code! What are you waiting for!!!! Get it done now!

  • Pedro

    March 31, 2020 at 8:24 am

    Typical conservative government Standard Operating Procedure: Cut taxes, reduce staff, claim great job in reducing government, go into crises mode or denial when emergencies occur when we should have been prepared!

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