Florida Becomes 23rd State to End $300 Unemployment Benefit Boost to Ease Business Hiring Woes
“Florida’s economy has bounced back tremendously with over 460,000 jobs available throughout our state and the strongest economic conditions in the nation,” Dane Eagle, DEO secretary, said in a statement. “Florida’s employers are also seeing employment growth, as more Floridians, including some who completely left the workforce, are now eagerly reentering the workforce.”
“Transitioning away from this benefit will help meet the demands of small and large businesses who are ready to hire and expand their workforce,” Eagle added.
Florida business leaders have been sounding the alarm on hiring difficulties.
“Even though our industry is open for business, we are facing a dire labor shortage,” Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association President and CEO, Carol Dover, said in a statement.
“Strong demand, coupled with this staffing shortage, has left many businesses forced to limit operating days and hours in addition to reducing capacity in both food service and lodging,” Dover added. “Ending the supplemental $300 FPUC payment will help the industry regain pre-COVID levels.”
Florida joins 22 other Republican-led states in dropping the $300 weekly federal jobless benefit boost sometime this summer— to encourage employment amid sky-high levels of job openings and business hiring woes.
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming all plan to end the $300 boost, while 19 of the states also plan to opt out of the other federal unemployment benefit programs.
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