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The tough overhaul of unemployment benefits is saving Florida millions, but leaving hundreds of thousands being denied help while unemployed.
In the first three months of the new law, 65% of claimants were denied unemployment benefits, a percentage rate three times higher than in the same period in 2010, according to data from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
Some unemployed Floridians and advocates for the unemployed say the rising number of denials proves it's too easy for the state to turn down claims with the new rules. Claims and job-search information must be submitted online; there's no telephone option.
"They discourage you from collecting," said Dominick DeLuccia, a West Palm Beach resident who recently lost his job as a driver and says he doesn't have the computer skills to file online. "It's very frustrating," he said.
Gov. Rick Scott said the law is meeting its goals. "The intention of the law is to help people get jobs by encouraging them to actively look for work," said Scott spokesman Lane Wright. "We would rather have them getting a paycheck than a benefit."
Nearly 140,000 Floridians, or 65% of those who filed claims, were denied unemployment benefits between Aug. 1, when the law took effect, and Oct. 31, according to the state.
Valory Greenfield, a lawyer for Florida Legal Services, said the system is "denying people who are otherwise eligible for benefits. She represents the Miami Workers Center, a workers rights group that has asked the U.S. Department of Labor to investigate the state benefits system, alleging it is "inaccessible to persons with disabilities, limited literacy, or lack of English proficiency."
Hundreds of thousands of Florida Citizens are weeks behind on bills. Owed weeks of disability and unemployment money. The state of Florida is not paying out to the people in need. Nor are they communicating. With this many people not receiving any form of a letter, email, or a phone call. Thousands of dollars owed to many individuals who deserve to be paid and are in need. Hundreds of thousands being denied unemployment benefits when they clearly meet all of the requirements to recieve help. This is absolutely wrong and needs to change RIGHT NOW!