August 9, 2021

Florida's Early Withdrawal from FPUC Hurts Families and Local Economies

More than 840,000 Floridians were likely shocked when they discovered that, effective June 26, 2021, their unemployment assistance was $300 less a week than it had been for most of the pandemic.

Governor Ron DeSantis withdrew Florida early from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program (FPUC) amid the state’s declining unemployment rate and anecdotal claims that federal relief programs encourage the labor force to stay at home rather than work. FPUC is a 100 percent federally funded program that provides an additional $300 a week in unemployment insurance (UI) to people who are out of work due to the pandemic.

The governor’s decision to bow out of FPUC early is harmful to Floridians and state and local economies.

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