More than 2.5 million Floridians have now filed for unemployment since the pandemic began

Unemployment theme with virus craft objects
The state is almost caught up on payments.

Unemployment applications amid the coronavirus pandemic broke 2.5 million this week, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity data reported Monday covering March 15-June 15.

Of those claims, about 2.3 million were unique and not duplicates.

The total number of claims is up about 400,000 from a week ago.

Meanwhile the number of claims processed in Florida has increased to about 2.2 million, or 92.2%.

The state found 1.19 million applicants are eligible for state and federal assistance. Another 21,298 are eligible federal pandemic emergency unemployment compensation, 212,846 are eligible for federal pandemic unemployment assistance and 484,361 are eligible for state and-or federal employment assistance.

The state has made payments to 1.39 million claimants in the past three months accounting for $6.28 billion in payments since the start of the pandemic.

Florida has picked up only a small portion of that tab. The state has paid $1.56 billion in unemployment compensation.

Federal dollars remain the main supply of financial relief for those seeking unemployment assistance. About $4.55 billion in federal dollars have been used for federal pandemic unemployment compensation. Another $145.1 million in federal money has been spent on pandemic unemployment assistance. And $27.1 million has been allocated to federal pandemic emergency unemployment compensation.

Drew Dixon

Drew Dixon is a journalist of 40 years who has reported in print and broadcast throughout Florida, starting in Ohio in the 1980s. He is also an adjunct professor of philosophy and ethics at three colleges, Jacksonville University, University of North Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville. You can reach him at [email protected]


  • Sonja Fitch

    June 17, 2020 at 5:21 am

    Remember rick Scott payed for this system to FAIL! Remember rick Scott allowed for millions of sick and old folks to die! Remover rick Scott says open up. Die folks from covid! Remember rick Scott is a goptrump cult sociopath !

  • Christopher Heller

    June 17, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Do you really believe all that bullshit from deo. My wife and I have been waiting 14 weeks. Grow some Balls and print the truth!

  • Valerie Sprieser

    June 17, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    Still waiting for my $600 a week CARE act payment! DeSantis owes me $6,000!!!!!!

Comments are closed.


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jason Delgado, Drew Dixon, Renzo Downey, Rick Flagg, A.G. Gancarski, Joe Henderson, Janelle Irwin, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Andrew Wilson, and Kelly Hayes.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704