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Unemployment Claims Denied

November 10th, 2008 by flanews

The national unemployment rate is at a 14 year high at 6.5 percent. Floridas latest jobless rate is even higher at 6.6 percent, with new numbers slated to be released later this month. As Whitney Ray tells us, about one in five people who apply for unemployment benefits, are turned down.

Harold Chisholn was laid off from his flooring job three months ago. He just filed an unemployment claim. It cant come soon enough.

I may lose my house. I already went down to one car. It is what it is, said Harold.

Every year about half a million people in Florida file an unemployment claim. About one if five people who apply for unemployment benefits in Florida is denied.

In most cases, people who earn less than 3,400 bucks dont qualify for benefits. People who take buyouts may also be denied. Still, the State Agency for Workforce Innovation says there are few hard and fast rules when it comes to awarding a claim.

People should apply whether theyre certain they qualify or not, because the experts here at the agency will be able to determine, theyre eligibility, said AWI Spokesman Robby Cunningham.

Governor Charlie Crist hopes the federal government can help the states unemployed.

We have also reached out to members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats they look like they are going to have a session sometime next week, that will deal with some of these issues in Washington, and we want to help, said Crist.

One way the state is helping is through a 1.4 billion dollar roads project. The Accelerate Florida program announced earlier this fall should create 40,000 jobs. The agency is asking anybody with questions about their eligibility to call the unemployment hotline or visit their website www.Floridjobs.org.

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