Florida unemployment benefits going up

Florida unemployment benefits going up

There are 55 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Feb 23, 2009, titled Florida unemployment benefits going up. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Florida unemployment compensation benefits are increasing by $25 a week due to federal stimulus funding.

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Do Some Research

Orlando, FL

#42 Feb 24, 2009
Rob wrote:
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Sorru to tell you I m not in that position yet. I work for the govenment and so far I am safe. Little do you know you do pay for unemployment. The company you work for does deduct money from your pay check and yes they do not reflect this on you pay stub. Dont believe for one moment that if your company has over 100 employees and decides they are going to **** their doors and lay off all 100 employees that this same company is going to contact the state and say the following people need to get unemployment benefits. Why do you need a SS Card to get unemployment benefits? Duh so the state knows who has been paying into this benefit. You need to read a little more and understand how pay roll works before you start telling people they dont know what they are talking about. I feel for the people who have lost their jobs and I believe these people desrve compensation. No the people who have worked for this benefit. If you fail to understand that then maybe you need to go back to school and get a better education.
The company you work for does not deduct money for unemployment. There are two deductions on your paycheck, one is for social security, the other is for medicare. The unemployment taxes are paid solely by an employer.
wayne

Homestead, FL

#43 Feb 24, 2009
when you compare that to the rise in prices at the market and gas, it isnt going to help anyone much. this should have been done years ago. for some reason, all these past years, our government sat on its butt and did nothing to help out anyone but the overly rich.
Do Some Research

Orlando, FL

#44 Feb 24, 2009
wayne wrote:
when you compare that to the rise in prices at the market and gas, it isnt going to help anyone much. this should have been done years ago. for some reason, all these past years, our government sat on its butt and did nothing to help out anyone but the overly rich.
Right, the government sat on its butt, and now you want it to help people who are sitting on their butts...comical.
pending calamity

Cape Canaveral, FL

#45 Feb 24, 2009
East Orlando wrote:
Now my shiftless sister in law earns more than me and she doesn't have to lift a finger all week!
Florida's unemployment is a joke. Pay a teacher, firefighter, or police officer with the bonus money- not freeloaders.
I guess you haven't been reading the newspapers for the last 7 years.
Florida went through the biggest real estate boom from 2002-2007 that the history of mankind has ever seen. The state raked in $hundreds and hundreds of billion of dollars and threw it in every direction other than education and teachers. There are firefighters that will retire before the age of 50 as $millionaires, full health insurance and full pay for the rest of their lives.

Now we have a bust. Hundreds of thousands of Floridians who were previously gainfully employed, are now unemployed, facing foreclosure and have no health care.

Freeloaders????
Chad

Umatilla, FL

#46 Feb 25, 2009
So I get $251 a week now.. So does that mean it automaticly will increase $25 a week now?
otownnole

Orlando, FL

#47 Feb 25, 2009
slip wrote:
Anyone know how we rank in terms of unemployment compensation?$275 a week maximum (now 300 I guess) is not much. you could get laid off from a 75k a year job and all florida will give is 275.
If I am not mistaken in Mass its like a $512 a week max
That person making 75K should have been able to save up some cash for a rainy day. If not then maybe they will next time, as learning the lesson the hard way usually makes sure it isn't repeated.
otownnole

Orlando, FL

#48 Feb 25, 2009
Lori wrote:
Hello, you as an employee contribute nothing to the unemployment insurance pool. Your employer pays into the fund, a state mandated amount based on the wages he/she pays out quarterly. I too was laid off, received $211 a week (as opposed to $325 a week wages.) Fortunately I found another job, and I get paid $250 a week. There is not much incentive to find a job at those rates. But this is a right-to-work state and I knew it when I moved here 10 years ago. If the unemployment rates were increased, the employers (businesses) will pass those costs on to their customers with higher fees for goods and services. This will be the beginning of economic inflation like what happened in the 70's when Carter was president.
I do not understand what Florida being a right to work state has anything to do with your situation.

No offense, but do you even know what that means?
pending calamity

Cape Canaveral, FL

#49 Feb 25, 2009
otownnole wrote:
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That person making 75K should have been able to save up some cash for a rainy day. If not then maybe they will next time, as learning the lesson the hard way usually makes sure it isn't repeated.
Yes, Florida's max weekly payment is $275. If you live in a trailor and your car is paid off, you are living like a king on $75K a year.
BUT, if you made that type of money for years, had to buy 2 new cars recently, have 3 kids and bought a house in the last 2 years that is upside down by $100K, health insurance costs are $700 a month, real estate taxes are $500 a month, and real estate insurance costs are $200 a month...No dime has been saved.
Living Off The Phat

Wichita Falls, TX

#50 Apr 5, 2009
East Orlando wrote:
Now my shiftless sister in law earns more than me and she doesn't have to lift a finger all week!
Florida's unemployment is a joke. Pay a teacher, firefighter, or police officer with the bonus money- not freeloaders.
Shut up you idiot. How can u possibly know the situation of anyone?

And pay what cops? and why?

Peopl like you make me sick and make me happy that I do and will collect through the end of my "unemployment tenure"..

...and oh yeah... I got my Health and Dental extended too and I pay LESS than when I was working!!
Living Off The Phat

Wichita Falls, TX

#51 Apr 5, 2009
Lori wrote:
Hello, you as an employee contribute nothing to the unemployment insurance pool. Your employer pays into the fund, a state mandated amount based on the wages he/she pays out quarterly. I too was laid off, received $211 a week (as opposed to $325 a week wages.) Fortunately I found another job, and I get paid $250 a week. There is not much incentive to find a job at those rates. But this is a right-to-work state and I knew it when I moved here 10 years ago. If the unemployment rates were increased, the employers (businesses) will pass those costs on to their customers with higher fees for goods and services. This will be the beginning of economic inflation like what happened in the 70's when Carter was president.
Reading your post from beginning to end shows how ignorant you are. First you say that us as employess contribute nothing to unemployment insurance and then state that when companies get taxed they "pass those costs" on to customers.

So companies pick and choose what expenses they pass on to customers? Oh and is someone that collects unemployment no longer a customer?

Are you that naive to think that the reasons our wages are a joke is because the companies already pass their unemployment insurance cost on to the backs of the workforce.

And is none of this unemployment money GOING BACK to many of these companies by unemployed customers?

Think before you write ignorance.
Living Off The Phat

Wichita Falls, TX

#52 Apr 5, 2009
XXX wrote:
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Unless you're an employer, you didn't pay squat...d-u-m-b-a-s-s.
DUDE YOURE THE DUMBASS!

GOD you people make me sick...

Thats the equivolent of you at 65, no longer working and collecting social security and someone telling you that you didnt pay shit into it.

I mean you didnt...The people that are currently working pay into it.

And you dont think that unemployment insurance cost is passed on to us in the form of low wages??

Gimme a break dummy.
Living Off The Phat

Wichita Falls, TX

#53 Apr 5, 2009
East Orlando wrote:
Now my shiftless sister in law earns more than me and she doesn't have to lift a finger all week!
Florida's unemployment is a joke. Pay a teacher, firefighter, or police officer with the bonus money- not freeloaders.
A teacher is the epitome of a useless recipent of a government program that has failed. Our education system sucks and they get progressively more money and get progressively worse in world standings. That is a FACT.

So dont talk about 275 a week for less than a year. It takes a lot to qualify for even that.
Ummmm

Orlando, FL

#54 Apr 5, 2009
Living Off The Phat wrote:
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DUDE YOURE THE ****!
GOD you people make me sick...
Thats the equivolent of you at 65, no longer working and collecting social security and someone telling you that you didnt pay **** into it.
I mean you didnt...The people that are currently working pay into it.
And you dont think that unemployment insurance cost is passed on to us in the form of low wages??
Gimme a break dummy.
You are the moron. Money is deducted from your paycheck for Social Security. Where on your paycheck is the money deducted for unemployment? It's not. As an employee, you pay nothing in to unemployment. It's solely funded by employers. You obviously have no idea what you're talking about.
Ummmm

Orlando, FL

#55 Apr 5, 2009
Living Off The Phat wrote:
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A teacher is the epitome of a useless recipent of a government program that has failed. Our education system **** and they get progressively more money and get progressively worse in world standings. That is a FACT.
So dont talk about 275 a week for less than a year. It takes a lot to qualify for even that.
Unemployment is not supposed to provide a living. It's supposed to tide you over til you can find a new job.

Funny how all these people whine about how little welfare they collect on unemployment, but nobody is saying how they're going out and working more than 40 hours a week at some menial job (or two menail jobs). Just shows that people are lazy and don't want to work to earn their keep.
mary

Lake Monroe, FL

#56 Aug 14, 2009
I have worked PT and FT since I was 14 years old. For the first time in my adult life I have no job. I am still stunned that an experienced Special Education teacher cannot get work. I have 4 seperate licenses and a graduate degree. Since I cost more---NO ONE, NO public or private school will hire me. So, I need the unemployment. If anything to pay off my student loan bills from college. Since June I have applied for 50 jobs, had 6 interviews, and no bites. I cannot believe my career is just finished.

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