Florida's unemployed take website frustrations into their own hands

CREATED Feb. 3, 2014

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FLORIDA -- Three-and-a-half months after Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) launched a new, $63 million unemployment claims website, many claimants' benefits are still tied up because of technical problems with the site.  

Now, one man is taking matters into his own hands.  He's started a petition to hold state leaders accountable not only for the delayed benefits, but interest in the payments as well.  

On Jan. 18, officials from DEO met with US Department of Labor officials who authorized the temporary payment to claimants who have been waiting in an adjudication or "hold" stage longer than a week.  Approximately 41,000 people's claims are currently in adjudication, according to a memo released by DEO. 

The petition can be found at: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/file-criminal-charges-immediately-against-florida-politicians-who-oversee-unemployment-system/nBj03QV8