Department of Economic Opportunity http://wlrn.org en State Says Bug-Prone Unemployment System Is Improving http://wlrn.org/post/state-says-bug-prone-unemployment-system-improving <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida’s new unemployment claims system isn’t perfect yet, but state leaders say it’s less bug-prone.</span></p><p>The Florida Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee got an update Monday on problems with the new system, which launched three weeks ago.</p><p>Executive Director Jesse Panuccio runs the <a href="http://www.floridajobs.org/about-us/who-we-are-and-what-we-do/message-from-the-director" target="_blank">Department of Economic Opportunity</a>, which oversees the program for jobless benefits.</p><p>He says the kinks have mostly been worked out.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 01:25:55 +0000 Gina Jordan 23180 at http://wlrn.org State Says Bug-Prone Unemployment System Is Improving State Working To Fix Glitch-Ridden Unemployment Website http://wlrn.org/post/state-working-fix-glitch-ridden-unemployment-website <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida has a new website for unemployment claims, and much like the federal government’s health insurance website, it’s plagued with problems.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.floridajobs.org/job-seekers-community-services/reemployment-assistance-center/connect" target="_blank">The Reemployment Assistance&nbsp;Connect System – known as CONNECT </a>– is where jobless Floridians must go to file their claims. It’s overseen by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 22:04:16 +0000 Gina Jordan 23027 at http://wlrn.org State Working To Fix Glitch-Ridden Unemployment Website State Asks For Half A Million To Reclaim $20 Million From Bankrupt Company http://wlrn.org/post/state-asks-half-million-reclaim-20-million-bankrupt-company <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity&nbsp;is asking state lawmakers for half a million dollars in order to recoup a $20-million investment in the now-defunct digital animation studio, Digital Domain.</p><p></p><p>And according to local experts, Florida has a tough fight ahead to get its money back.</p><p></p><p>The state originally gave Digital Domain $20 million in incentives in order to lure the company--and jobs--to Port St. Lucie. Four months ago, the firm filed for bankruptcy, shut down and let go 300 Florida workers.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Arianna Prothero 8469 at http://wlrn.org State Asks For Half A Million To Reclaim $20 Million From Bankrupt Company