Millions of Americans are filing for unemployment as a domino effect from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Florida there were more than 1.6 million reemployment assistance claims submitted between March 15 and Monday. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity released a new claims dashboard on Monday. The server will reflect the total number of reemployment assistance claims submitted, verified, processed and paid.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity says the total claims submitted that stands at 1, 648,848 as of Tuesday at 11 am may include duplicated or triplicate claim amounts.
The DEO numbers show there are 666,323 unique confirmed cases.
More than 170,000 unemployment claims have been processed.
Monday the DEO report listed 40,193 people are receiving weekly checks as of Sunday. On Tuesday the number rose to 94,909.
Reports show more than $125 million have now been paid to claimants across the Sunshine State.
“You can show me all you want but I don’t understand why some people are getting paid. A coworker of mine at least got a notification that she’s going to get a certain amount of dollars a week. And she went in after I did,” said a Suncoast furloughed worker, Jill Nugent.
Jill Nugent has been waiting for monetary help from the government for nearly four weeks. She says the DEO shouldn’t be making people wait so long for help.
"It's getting to a point where I have to say this is totally unacceptable," said Nugent.
On Monday, the DEO on Twitter quoted the Department of Management Services secretary, Jonathan Satter, saying their number one goal is to ensure Floridians needing assistance get paid quickly.
But many, like Nugent, say it's been tough getting a hold of someone at the DEO.
"Everyone who works there has the credentials to get into the system (connect) You know, it's got everything personal, your social security number, your income. So CareerSource Suncoast is not set up for that but we're able to go in and see the status of your claim and reset a pin," said the communication director at CareerSource Suncoast, Jen Zak.
They're able to answer questions or help guide you through your application process.
"It's very stressful, there's high pressure, we know everybody is feeling pressure from all side so we're here to help and we're your local resource to do that," said Zak.
Need to file for unemployment (Reemployment assistance)? Click here.
Want to do a paper application instead? Click here.
Need to check the status of your unemployment claim? Click here.
The DEO has a 39 page frequently asked questions guide you can click here to view it.
Need help finding a job or want to talk to someone about resetting your pin or the status of your claim? Click here. You can also call CareerSource Suncoast at 941-358-4200. The career coaches are available and ready to help YOU from 8:30 to 5 pm Monday through Friday.
Need to contact the DEO? Here’s the contact form.
DEO Claims Assistance Hotline: 1-800-204-2418 to speak with a program representative.