Florida Unemployment Claims Begin to Increase After Weeks of Decline

first_imgFlorida saw a slight increase in first-time jobless claims last week, as the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday reported 1.48 million initial unemployment claims were filed nationwide.Our state had an estimated 93,394 claims during the week that ended June 20. That was up from 88,148 the previous week, as the second phase of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reopening effort slows down amid an increase in coronavirus cases.The state Department of Economic Opportunity announced last Friday that the state’s May unemployment rate was 14.5 percent, which represents 1.412 million Floridians out of work from a labor force of almost 9.71 million. A June rate will be announced July 17.Florida’s 93,394 claims are behind only the 287,354 posted in California and the 124,283 in Georgia.Meanwhile, New York had 90,186 claims, while Texas recorded 89,241. The numbers for Georgia, New York and Texas were all lower than in the previous week.The unemployment increase in Florida followed two weeks of declining first-time claims. Since March 15, when the coronavirus pandemic began affecting the state, more than 2.64 million jobless applications have been filed, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.See today’s press release for the latest numbers on #ReemploymentAssistance & information regarding benefits available through the CARES Act: https://t.co/DgVrLuouBQ pic.twitter.com/THl6fTTftu— Florida DEO (@FLDEO) June 24, 2020 The Department of Economic Opportunity had paid out $7.29 billion in Florida and federal benefits, of which $1.8 billion was state money.DeSantis has indicated he plans to continue moving forward with reopening efforts. Rather than implementing a statewide mask requirement, he asked younger Floridians this week “to do your part” by following health recommendations regarding social distancing, hand cleaning and mask wearing.However, the governor added that he also understood the desire of younger Floridians to go out after being at home for weeks.“People naturally want to do things,” DeSantis said. “If I was 25, I’d be probably with them. I mean that’s just realistic. I can sit here and try to act like I wouldn’t, but I remember what it was like then.”He has also pushed for the resumption of professional sports in Florida.last_img read more

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Syracuse men’s basketball attendance drops 10 percent but SU still finishes 2nd in NCAA report

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse finished second in average home attendance for the 2015-16 season, the NCAA announced in its annual attendance report. Kentucky topped the list, beating out the Orange for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign.SU average attendance declined from 23,854 fans per game in 2014-15 to 21,592 fans this season, a 10 percent fall. Total Carrier Dome attendance was 367,068 in the Orange’s 17 home games.Syracuse finished third behind North Carolina and Kentucky in attendance for all contests, which includes home, road and neutral-site games. A total of 682,039 people attended Syracuse basketball games in 2015-16. Syracuse has finished first in average home attendance 14 times in program history and has placed fourth or better each season since the Carrier Dome opened in 1980. Comments Published on June 9, 2016 at 8:28 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

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