Disputed Jobless Claims Has Risen With New System

The number of Floridians whose unemployment claims are getting held up has dramatically increased since the state installed a new system.

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014  |  Updated 10:39 AM EDT
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The number of Floridians whose unemployment claims are getting held up has dramatically increased since the state installed a new system.
 
Department of Economic Opportunity executive director Jesse Panuccio told state legislators Wednesday that there has been a 25 percent jump in disputed claims.
 
The state switched to the $63 million system in October. Since then, there have been continued complaints about unemployed Floridians frustrated at their ability to get their unemployment checks.

The state has withheld a $3 million payment to the company that built the website. State officials say they will continue to assess daily fines against Deloitte Consulting until the system is ``fully functional.''
 
Federal officials from the U.S. Department of Labor are heading to the state to try to help fix the troubled website.

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