Florida ended federal pandemic-related unemployment assistance on June 26. The supplemental benefit would have ended in September.
The action came as small businesses and other employers continue to struggle to find qualified job applicants, NFIB State Executive Director Bill Herrle said.
“Business throughout the state has been picking up, but having more demand than you’re able to deliver is a curse rather than a blessing,” Herrle said. “It’s too soon to tell what the impact will be, but Governor DeSantis’s decision to end the federal pandemic-related unemployment supplement early will encourage more people to apply for the jobs that are out there.”
State-specific data is not available, but the latest NFIB Jobs Report shows 46% of small business owners reported job openings they could not fill in the current period, down two points from May but still above the 48-year historical average of 22%. Click here to learn more.