Labor

Hillsborough County worker handed unemployment application
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SKY News
June 20, 2020 - 8:44 am
Florida's unemployment rate hit a record 14.5% in May because of the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak, but there are signs the job market is improving as businesses reopen and rehire employees, federal statistics released Friday show. Florida's unemployment rate jumped slightly...
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SKY News
June 11, 2020 - 5:43 pm
Stocks fell sharply Thursday on Wall Street as coronavirus cases in the U.S. increased again, deflating recent optimism that the economy could recover quickly from its worst crisis in decades and raising doubts about whether the market's scorching comeback can last. The Dow Jones Industrial Average...
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Workers hand out unemployment applications to people in their vehicles in Hialeah, Florida. The city is distributing the printed unemployment forms to residents as people continue to have issues with access to the state of Florida’s unemployment website.
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SKY News
May 05, 2020 - 7:38 am
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is asking the state's inspector general to investigate how Florida spent nearly $78 million on an unemployment website that's been clearly flawed. The governor issued his request Monday, saying Floridians need an accounting of how a company was selected to...
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference at the Miami Beach Convention Center on April 08, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. Gov. DeSantis spoke about the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers converting the convention center into a field hospital.
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SKY News
April 17, 2020 - 7:19 am
More than 180,000 workers in Florida filed claims with the state’s overwhelmed and struggling unemployment system last week. That raised the state’s total seeking jobless benefits to over a half million people since many parts of the Sunshine State went under lockdown last month. And that only...
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis updates on latest coronavirus efforts on March 2, 2020.
SKY News
April 08, 2020 - 9:01 am
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says the state’s heavily criticized unemployment system should now be able to handle the crush of applicants it is receiving as workers lose their jobs because of the coronavirus outbreak. He said Monday that the computer system’s capacity has been increased to handle 120,...
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Construction work in New Orleans
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SKY News
April 03, 2020 - 8:54 am
A record-long streak of U.S. job growth ended suddenly in March after nearly a decade as employers cut 701,000 jobs because of the viral outbreak that’s all but shut down the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate jumped to 4.4% from a 50-year low of 3.5%. Last month’s actual job loss was likely even...
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November 26, 2019 - 6:59 am
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida's Republican governor began his push Friday to win support for mandatory immigration checks on millions of workers, linking public safety with his efforts to keep people who are living in the country illegally out of his state. Gov. Ron DeSantis is pushing lawmakers to...
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October 04, 2019 - 8:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a modest 136,000 jobs in September, enough to help lower the unemployment rate to a new five-decade low of 3.5%. Hiring has slowed this year as the U.S.-China trade war has intensified, global growth has slowed and businesses have cut back on their investment...
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 United Parcel Service logo is displayed on a delivery truck
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September 10, 2019 - 7:13 am
DALLAS (AP) — UPS said Monday it expects to hire about 100,000 seasonal workers and pay them more to handle the avalanche of packages shipped between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That's about the same number of people that UPS hired for last year's holiday season. UPS is also counting on automation...
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SKY News
September 06, 2019 - 8:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers added a modest 130,000 jobs in August, a sign that global economic weakness and China trade uncertainty may have begun to slow hiring. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate remained 3.7%, near the lowest level in five decades, for the third straight month...
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