This year, the state curbed
eligible weeks to 23 from 26, but because of federal extensions, those currently unemployed
can get benefits up to 60
weeks. The federal extensions expire at the end of 2012, so
in 2013, someone who gets
laid off faces the possibility of
less than 5 months of unemployment benefits instead
of a year. Last year, more than 30% of unemployed workers in the U.S. were out of work
for more than a year, according
to the Department of Labor.
In addition to cuts, Florida has made the system to apply for benefits so technical that it has doubled the number of people disqualified for benefits based
on their job search information and tripled the number based on reporting requirements.