Florida DEO’s CONNECT site down through the weekend

Florida DEO’s CONNECT site down through the weekend
Unemployment graphic. (Source: Associated Press)

(WWSB) - The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced Friday that its CONNECT website would be offline this weekend in an effort to maximize payments to applicants.

The website has been a source of frustration as unemployment numbers hit record highs during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced earlier this month that he was adding more servers to help speed things along.

The governor stressed in a press conference Friday that there were people working around the clock to improve the DEO’s website and said that the 200,000 payments had been issued.

“That system was not a good investment for the state of Florida,” said Desantis.

The CONNECT system is offline and will make payments and processing claims through Monday.

New applicants who have not yet filed can do so here.

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