unemployment http://blog.wlrn.org en Felons, Drop-Outs And The Poor: Broward Wants To Hire You http://blog.wlrn.org/post/felons-drop-outs-and-poor-broward-wants-hire-you <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;">Felons, high-school dropouts and the poor might get a helping hand when looking for a job in Broward County. </span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;">The County Commission is considering an ordinance that would require contractors to try and give half of those new contract-related jobs to hard-to-hire people.</span></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:46:54 +0000 Wilson Sayre 29187 at http://blog.wlrn.org Felons, Drop-Outs And The Poor: Broward Wants To Hire You Senator Says Florida's Troubled Unemployment System May Violate Federal Law http://blog.wlrn.org/post/senator-says-floridas-troubled-unemployment-system-may-violate-federal-law <p>The trouble with Florida’s revamped unemployment website is getting more attention in Washington. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is again <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/nelson-asks-feds-a-second-time-to-investigate-intervene-floridas/2160070" target="_blank">calling for a federal investigation.</a></p><p>More than 200,000 jobless Floridians use the website to file for weekly benefits worth up to $275.</p><p>The new website debuted in mid-October after the state spent four years and $63 million upgrading equipment.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:44:00 +0000 Gina Jordan 26191 at http://blog.wlrn.org Senator Says Florida's Troubled Unemployment System May Violate Federal Law Crist, Others Fed Up With Florida's Glitchy Unemployment Website http://blog.wlrn.org/post/crist-others-fed-floridas-glitchy-unemployment-website <p>A U.S. senator, a Boca Raton lawmaker and a former Florida governor are demanding answers about why a new website is still tying up unemployment benefits for thousands of out-of-work Floridians.<br /> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 04:04:06 +0000 Christine DiMattei 25286 at http://blog.wlrn.org Crist, Others Fed Up With Florida's Glitchy Unemployment Website The Promise Of Civic Renewal In America http://blog.wlrn.org/post/promise-civic-renewal-america <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 23514 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Promise Of Civic Renewal In America State Says Bug-Prone Unemployment System Is Improving http://blog.wlrn.org/post/state-says-bug-prone-unemployment-system-improving <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida’s new unemployment claims system isn’t perfect yet, but state leaders say it’s less bug-prone.</span></p><p>The Florida Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee got an update Monday on problems with the new system, which launched three weeks ago.</p><p>Executive Director Jesse Panuccio runs the <a href="http://www.floridajobs.org/about-us/who-we-are-and-what-we-do/message-from-the-director" target="_blank">Department of Economic Opportunity</a>, which oversees the program for jobless benefits.</p><p>He says the kinks have mostly been worked out.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 01:25:55 +0000 Gina Jordan 23180 at http://blog.wlrn.org State Says Bug-Prone Unemployment System Is Improving State Working To Fix Glitch-Ridden Unemployment Website http://blog.wlrn.org/post/state-working-fix-glitch-ridden-unemployment-website <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida has a new website for unemployment claims, and much like the federal government’s health insurance website, it’s plagued with problems.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.floridajobs.org/job-seekers-community-services/reemployment-assistance-center/connect" target="_blank">The Reemployment Assistance&nbsp;Connect System – known as CONNECT </a>– is where jobless Floridians must go to file their claims. It’s overseen by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 22:04:16 +0000 Gina Jordan 23027 at http://blog.wlrn.org State Working To Fix Glitch-Ridden Unemployment Website Is There A Humane Way To Execute? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/there-humane-way-execute <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Though the legality of the death penalty is settled, the way that we do it is not. Several Florida death row inmates have filed suit to challenge the state’s use of a drug mix they say won’t prevent excruciating pain during the execution.</span></p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:31:34 +0000 Elaine Chen 23010 at http://blog.wlrn.org Is There A Humane Way To Execute? Florida Minimum Wage Up On Jan. 1 http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-minimum-wage-jan-1 <p>Tuesday morning, Florida's minimum wage jumps 12 cents, from $7.67 to $7.79.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.floridatoday.com/viewart/20121230/BUSINESS/312300020/State-s-minimum-wage-workers-get-boost"><em>Florida Today&nbsp;</em>&nbsp;reports that since 2004</a>, the state's minimum wage has been constitutionally linked to increases in the cost of living - one of just 10 states with similar wage mandates.&nbsp;</p><p>The Florida Today story explains that the raise will affect a relatively small number of workers:</p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:26:51 +0000 Kenny Malone 7085 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Minimum Wage Up On Jan. 1 Coping With Unemployment; Finding A Job After Age 50 http://blog.wlrn.org/post/coping-unemployment-finding-job-after-age-50 <p>More information at:</p><p><em><a href="http://www.nextavenue.org/article/2012-10/when-job-interviewer-thinks-youre-too-old">http://www.nextavenue.org/article/2012-10/when-job-interviewer-thinks-youre-too-old</a></em></p><p></p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 6864 at http://blog.wlrn.org Coping With Unemployment; Finding A Job After Age 50 Judging Rick Scott's Job Creation Record http://blog.wlrn.org/post/judging-rick-scotts-job-creation-record <p></p><p>His big campaign pledge was 700-thousand jobs in seven years.</p><p>So, halfway through his term, how is Gov. Rick Scott doing with that?</p><p>The answer...it's complicated.</p><p>Unemployment has dropped from 11.4 percent in January, 2011, to 8.1 percent in November of this year. But almost half of the improvement is attributed to discouraged workers leaving the workforce.</p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 11:55:24 +0000 Rick Stone 6842 at http://blog.wlrn.org Judging Rick Scott's Job Creation Record