[Ed. – It was that or paying $500 signing bonuses to new McDonald’s employees. Of course, it still hasn’t registered with Biden that this was the sensible thing to do. Maybe when the fiftieth state calls it quits.]
Florida officials announced an end to the $300 weekly federal pandemic unemployment compensation supplement on May 24, making the Sunshine State the 23rd state to opt out of the jobless boost in a bid to encourage people to get back to work amid a labor shortage and a booming economy.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), the state’s employment agency, made the announcement in a release, with people no longer eligible to receive the $300 weekly supplemental Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payment starting June 27.
While Florida is ending the $300 supplement, it is maintaining its participation in other federal unemployment programs — such as the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, and Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation — which expire in September. An early end may be in store for Florida’s participation in these programs, too, the employment agency suggested, as officials “carefully” monitor job posting and industry hiring trends.