Florida sees 90,000 new weekly unemployment claims, lowest in months

Unemployment caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Weekly state new unemployment claims have exceeded 100,000 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The number of Florida’s weekly unemployment filings dropped below 100,000 for the first time since nearly the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in March, according to Florida Department of Economic Opportunity data released this week.

There were 3.53 million total jobless filings recorded since the pandemic hit the state, up about 90,000 over last week. That’s the lowest weekly increase not only in the past two months but since the early phases of the crisis.

June and July had seen unemployment applications range in weekly increases of just more than 100,000 to about 400,000. Unemployment filings were at their highest in March and April.

Of Florida’s total unemployment claims, 3.34 million have been confirmed unique cases, meaning there were no duplicates.

Another 3.27 million claims have been processed, about 97.6% of unique claims submitted.

About 1.94 million Floridians are now eligible for state reemployment assistance, federal pandemic emergency unemployment compensation or federal pandemic unemployment assistance.  That’s up from 1.91 million a week ago. About 1.25 million are eligible for state reemployment assistance, about 342,306 are eligible for federal pandemic emergency unemployment compensation and another 344,000 are eligible for pandemic unemployment assistance. About 638,000 Floridians are ineligible for state and federal reemployment assistance.

There have now been 1.85 million total jobless claims paid in Florida, or about 95.5% of eligible claims.

In all, $13.42 billion has been paid to unemployment claimants in the state with $9.78 billion coming from federal pandemic unemployment compensation, another $453.1 million coming from federal pandemic unemployment assistance and $362.86 million coming from federal pandemic emergency unemployment compensation.

Florida has paid out about $2.82 billion since the onset of the pandemic. That’s up about $111 million from the previous week.

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]


  • K

    August 11, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    The article could be enriched with explanation what type of UI is meant for which type of workers. It is not clear what is pandemic assistance and what is pandemic compensation. Sounds almost the same. Also, some graphs or barcharts would help. Very dry article.

    • Just sayin'

      August 12, 2020 at 7:50 am

      How much did you pay to read it?

  • DisplacedCTYankee

    August 14, 2020 at 4:12 am

    “New” unemployment claims are down because millions are already on unemployment benefits and don’t have to file a claim every week? Am I right?

    Like saying “Titanic now taking on less water.”

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