Pandemic-related jobless claims grow 87K
The virus has hit the American economy several times harder than the 2008 economic crisis.

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Numbers have leveled, but are still higher than summer jobless reports.

The number of Floridians filing for unemployment help due to the coronavirus outbreak leveled off in the past week, but remains above summer levels, according to Florida Department of Economic Opportunity figures released this week.

There have now been 4.242 million total jobless claims received by the state since March, the beginning of the pandemic. That’s an increase of about 87,000 claims over last week’s total of 4.155 million.

While the number of new claims held steady week over week, that figure is still a noticeable jump from weekly levels that were seen in August through most of September. Those late summer weeks saw jobless claims increase by about 60,000 to 70,000 each week.

The late summer slow down in pandemic-related unemployment claims marked a sharp decrease from wild numbers during the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak. Some weeks saw as many as 500,000 jobless claims.

Of the total claims filed in Florida as of last week, 4.088 million are unique, meaning they are not duplicates.

Florida surpassed the 4 million mark of total pandemic-related unemployment claims processed. There are now 4.006 million unemployment filings that have been processed during the pandemic. That’s 98.8% of claims submitted since March.

Another 2.036 million claims have been paid, or 97.6% of the eligible claims received by the state.

The total price tag for the federal and state unemployment assistance rendered because of the pandemic has now amounted to $17.254 billion. Of that, $11.757 billion is from federal pandemic unemployment compensation and lost wage assistance. Another $1.207 billion is coming from federal pandemic emergency unemployment compensation. Still another $854.5 million is coming from federal pandemic unemployment assistance.

Florida has kicked in $3.435 billion to help with the unemployment claims through state reemployment assistance.

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]

One comment

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 14, 2020 at 5:14 am

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