Florida's unemployment rate hit 8.6 p...

Florida's unemployment rate hit 8.6 percent in January, the hig...

There are 46 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Mar 6, 2009, titled Florida's unemployment rate hit 8.6 percent in January, the hig.... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Florida is second in the nation in job loss, behind California, the state work force agency reported Friday.

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Legislative Firewall

United States

#1 Mar 6, 2009
A man or woman who has been in the labor force for 20 or more years and is then laid off, how is it possible to "exhaust unemployment benefits? It makes no sense.
confused

San Antonio, TX

#2 Mar 6, 2009
this cant be rite:

Florida lost 355,700 jobs just in January, and more than 800,000 residents are now unemployed.

I think they meant since last January:

Since January a year ago, the state has lost nearly 91,000 construction jobs, 30,000 manufacturing jobs, 60,300 retail and 18,600 financial and 77,600 professional and business service jobs, such as legal, accounting and architectural services.
confused

San Antonio, TX

#3 Mar 6, 2009
Legislative Firewall wrote:
A man or woman who has been in the labor force for 20 or more years and is then laid off, how is it possible to "exhaust unemployment benefits? It makes no sense.
huh? so someone shud get unemployement checks forever?

so whats the motivation to take any job then?

and hopefully someone who worked 20 years saved for a rainy day, but sadly it seems none of them did, instead they lived on credit even when working.

time for all Americans to learn how to live within their means. Champaing taste, Budweiser budget
econmy is crap

San Jose, CA

#4 Mar 6, 2009
Listen, Today-
For those that want to have a decent position, who have been educated and paid for it themselves and such laid off is a direct result of the economy. I feel bad for those who have paid into the system, and then are let down. Obama should not allow unemployed workers, who want to work, allow their benefits to cease. They need the UC to help them search for another qualfied position.

In Todays times logic dictates it'll take longer than normal good economic times.
All Gone

Miami, FL

#5 Mar 6, 2009
confused wrote:
<quoted text>
huh? so someone shud get unemployement checks forever?
so whats the motivation to take any job then?
and hopefully someone who worked 20 years saved for a rainy day, but sadly it seems none of them did, instead they lived on credit even when working.
time for all Americans to learn how to live within their means. Champaing taste, Budweiser budget
I have been unemployed for over a year, I am 61 and am not bi-lingual. Was at my job for over 10 years and in my field for over 20. I saved and did not use credit cards but with health insurance over $1,000 a month and unemployment only $1,100 I had to use up most of my savings just to pay mortgage, utilities, etc. With the stock market, I also lost more than 40% of my mutual funds and stocks.

Two years ago I would never have thought this could happen to me.
econmy is crap

San Jose, CA

#6 Mar 6, 2009
All Gone wrote:
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I have been unemployed for over a year, I am 61 and am not bi-lingual. Was at my job for over 10 years and in my field for over 20. I saved and did not use credit cards but with health insurance over $1,000 a month and unemployment only $1,100 I had to use up most of my savings just to pay mortgage, utilities, etc. With the stock market, I also lost more than 40% of my mutual funds and stocks.
Two years ago I would never have thought this could happen to me.
ME TOO PAL....DAMN THE AMERICAN GREED WHO HAVE STOLEN DREAMS OF MANY..GOD BLESS
Cyndi NC

United States

#7 Mar 7, 2009
I sold my home in Florida, moved to NC and paid cash for my home, now instead of worrying about traffic and high property taxes I work on my garden, wave to my neighors, enjoy the Farmers Market, play in the snow. I am so glad to be out of that sesspool. And my bills are only $306 a month, AND I THOUGHT I would miss Florida??????????
Burt Reynolds

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#9 Mar 7, 2009
Cyndi NC wrote:
I sold my home in Florida, moved to NC and paid cash for my home, now instead of worrying about traffic and high property taxes I work on my garden, wave to my neighors, enjoy the Farmers Market, play in the snow. I am so glad to be out of that sesspool. And my bills are only $306 a month, AND I THOUGHT I would miss Florida??????????
and you have nothing better to do in NC than post on a FL board, if your bills are only $306 month than you must do nothing but sit on your fat ass with the rest of the hillbillies in north carolina and do a whole lot of nuttin
bets4duke

Hialeah, FL

#10 Mar 7, 2009
There are jobs in North Dakota, perhaps time to relocate if u really want work.
mister x

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#11 Mar 7, 2009
confused wrote:
<quoted text>
huh? so someone shud get unemployement checks forever?
so whats the motivation to take any job then?
and hopefully someone who worked 20 years saved for a rainy day, but sadly it seems none of them did, instead they lived on credit even when working.
time for all Americans to learn how to live within their means. Champaing taste, Budweiser budget
it's more like we pay into a system that funds welfare, food stamps, medicaid, HUD, etc. but can't afford more than 26 weeks of unemployment. why can't the gov't find a way to motivate them to work? when do their 'benefits' cease?

Since: Jan 07

Hialeah, FL

#13 Mar 7, 2009
"A bit of positive economic news came from the Federal Reserve, which reported that consumer borrowing increased at an annual rate of $1.76 billion in the first month of the year."

Does anyone realize how stupid this statement is? People borrowing money is what got us into this nightmare, and yet, somehow it's a good thing when people borrow more heavily?

FL is taking this worse then just about any other state because of the massive overvaluation in our housing market. We invested SO much money from 1999-2006 in residential RE (which was a total misallocation of resources) that we probably won't need to build another home for a decade to meet intrinsic demand. That's a very bad situation for an area that has low median incomes and has been based (for a decade now) on building/housing/banking as the cornerstone of our economy.

It is going to be very hard for people in some fields. Those in construction are either going to leave (to another area where they actually will need homes built again this decade), retrain, or stay unemployed. That's a huge swath of FL workers, and will keep our unemployment rate high for a long time. It will also keep people leaving the state (to find work elsewhere, or at least a lower cost of living), which will only exacerbate our housing problems; pushing priced down further.
Legal Brain

Phoenix, AZ

#14 Mar 7, 2009
Legislative Firewall wrote:
A man or woman who has been in the labor force for 20 or more years and is then laid off, how is it possible to "exhaust unemployment benefits? It makes no sense.
It makes perfect sence, they go by benefit year. I fthey have been out of work for the 50 some odd weeks and have not worked since they go back 4 quarter to figure out how much a person makes and then that is it, untill the person becomes employed again. It is not like wlefare where the more kids you have the more money you get. There is a limit
Legal Brain

Phoenix, AZ

#15 Mar 7, 2009
econmy is crap wrote:
Listen, Today-
For those that want to have a decent position, who have been educated and paid for it themselves and such laid off is a direct result of the economy. I feel bad for those who have paid into the system, and then are let down. Obama should not allow unemployed workers, who want to work, allow their benefits to cease. They need the UC to help them search for another qualfied position.
In Todays times logic dictates it'll take longer than normal good economic times.
Did you read the posts from confused and if you did what part do you not understand, and they uc hs a program called workforce to help the unemployed fin d a job, but if there are not jobs, then the new stts just came oout stating the 600,000 mew layoff from Jan. How much do you wnat the idiot obama to run the gov and use your hard earned money, which is exactly what he is doin and then he will cut the 2 trillion deficit in half at the end of 4 years. Do the math, how is that possible. He sent Clinton to china to get money and the said NO
davie dave

Dunnellon, FL

#16 Mar 7, 2009
Burt Reynolds wrote:
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and you have nothing better to do in NC than post on a FL board, if your bills are only $306 month than you must do nothing but sit on your fat **** with the rest of the hillbillies in north carolina and do a whole lot of nuttin
you are a jerk, I sold my house in Davie on 5 acres in 2006 for 3 million, moved to Central Florida bought a house on 50 acres,a new truck ,bass boat and a 44ft. motor home and like Cyndi have bills of around $350 a month..and I still have $2.5 million in the bank
unemployed single lady

AOL

#17 Mar 7, 2009
Hey F offs is this suppose to cheer me up???
unemployed single lady

AOL

#18 Mar 7, 2009
All Gone wrote:
<quoted text>
I have been unemployed for over a year, I am 61 and am not bi-lingual. Was at my job for over 10 years and in my field for over 20. I saved and did not use credit cards but with health insurance over $1,000 a month and unemployment only $1,100 I had to use up most of my savings just to pay mortgage, utilities, etc. With the stock market, I also lost more than 40% of my mutual funds and stocks.
Two years ago I would never have thought this could happen to me.
I am right there with you and had the similar situation happen to me Now I'm in depression and I dont have medical benefits because I could not afford "cobra" Any programs out there for women and men like myself?
James

Rendsburg, Germany

#19 Mar 7, 2009
Im glad some on this post have done well, while other have not been so lucky. Hidsight is always 20/20 but people did not save for a rainy day, bought BMW Mercedes Benz, and million dollars houses, they could not afford. I have lived in the same house for 16 years, own the same car, and have 7 figures in the bank. I leared long ago I dont have to keep up with the Jones, and not to blame everything on the goverment.
Sabata

Dunnellon, FL

#20 Mar 7, 2009
Cyndi NC wrote:
I sold my home in Florida, moved to NC and paid cash for my home, now instead of worrying about traffic and high property taxes I work on my garden, wave to my neighors, enjoy the Farmers Market, play in the snow. I am so glad to be out of that sesspool. And my bills are only $306 a month, AND I THOUGHT I would miss Florida??????????
my Cyndi did the same thing, sold her house in Pompano, paid cash for her new home on 20 acres and got a job that paid $15.000 more than she was getting in FT.Laud.
Ignorance Central

Boca Raton, FL

#21 Mar 7, 2009
Legal Brain wrote:
<quoted text>
Did you read the posts from confused and if you did what part do you not understand, and they uc hs a program called workforce to help the unemployed fin d a job, but if there are not jobs, then the new stts just came oout stating the 600,000 mew layoff from Jan. How much do you wnat the idiot obama to run the gov and use your hard earned money, which is exactly what he is doin and then he will cut the 2 trillion deficit in half at the end of 4 years. Do the math, how is that possible. He sent Clinton to china to get money and the said NO
It is truly humorous how you are nearly illiterate and you are calling someone else an idiot.
The worst is comming

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#22 Mar 7, 2009
Florida is a tourist destination and we are supposed to be in high season, I fear to think what is coming in the summer. More jobs will be lost in the hospitality industry. We will suffer this summer.
Iím actually hoping for a hurricane. If we have major damage then all will work, roofers, window people, crews will come from other states to help out and they will stay in our hotels and eat at our restaurants.

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