Caroline Glenn writes:
"A new federal program has extended the number of weeks that out-of-work Florida residents can collect unemployment, a potential lifeline for workers who will soon exhaust their limited state benefits.
The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, or PEUC, was made available May 25, offering workers who have already used up their 12 weeks of state benefits an additional 13 weeks in federal aid. The program was created when Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act in late March, but Florida had not yet made the application available.
'We know that unemployment is at record highs and yet our duration is still 12 weeks because it’s calculated on a period in the past that has nothing to do with the situation right now,' said Cindy Huddleston, a senior policy analyst with the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added]. 'It’s not a secret that the program has not been one that takes care of workers who’ve lost jobs through no fault of their own.'
'This has been going on for years. It’s just the sheer numbers ... that have made it the focus point of the media.'"