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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis tells unemployed residents they need to begin looking for employment

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is telling unemployed residents that they need to start looking for a job if they want to continue receiving benefits.

DeSantis is reinstating a previous policy which was suspended during the COVID pandemic due to high unemployment. Residents of Florida will once again have to prove they are looking for work to continue receiving unemployment benefits. “Normally when you’re getting unemployment, the whole idea is that’s temporary, and you need to be looking for work to be able to get off unemployment,” DeSantis said Wednesday during a news conference. “It was a disaster, so we suspended those job search requirements. I think it’s pretty clear now —we have an abundance of job openings.”

The governor added that May will be the final month Floridians can receive unemployment benefits without proving they are looking for work. “We absolutely can put more people to work,” he said. “The demand is there. Businesses want to hire more people, and I think we can go in that direction very soon.” DeSantis also added that every first responder who has been working during the pandemic will receive a $1000 bonus check. “We’re funding the police and then some,” DeSantis said. 

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