Many still struggling with Florida’s unemployment system

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President Donald Trump is promising to replace the $600 a week in federal funding for the unemployed with a $400 check instead, and said it would be distributed “fast,” but no specific timeline has been given. “It’s really a struggle,” Ellen Ettenger said.Ettenger has been out of work since March. “I run secretary and officiate at horse shows, that’s what I do for a living,” Ettenger said.She was relieved the federal coronavirus relief bill provided for self-employed people.”There’s self-employed people everywhere, but it’s huge in Ocala,” Ettenger said.Now, though, she feels downtrodden, still unable to clear the hurdle of the state’s failed Department of Economic Opportunity. “Now, we’re in August and I call and call and call,” Ettenger said. “Thank God the mortgage company that I have has deferred payments, because I would’ve already been foreclosed on by now.”Uncertain she’ll ever see the money she’s been waiting on, she’s even less confident over getting a piece of any new federal funding. “Where’s it going to come from? The money I’ve been fighting for is already discontinued,” Ettenger said.President Trump’s announcement about bypassing Congress to extend relief to jobless Americans was met with confusion in Washington and in Florida.Florida’s unemployment rate sits at 10.4%. The Central Florida region is the hardest hit, with more claims in Orange County than any other.

President Donald Trump is promising to replace the $600 a week in federal funding for the unemployed with a $400 check instead, and said it would be distributed “fast,” but no specific timeline has been given.

“It’s really a struggle,” Ellen Ettenger said.

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Ettenger has been out of work since March.

“I run secretary and officiate at horse shows, that’s what I do for a living,” Ettenger said.

She was relieved the federal coronavirus relief bill provided for self-employed people.

“There’s self-employed people everywhere, but it’s huge in Ocala,” Ettenger said.

Now, though, she feels downtrodden, still unable to clear the hurdle of the state’s failed Department of Economic Opportunity.

“Now, we’re in August and I call and call and call,” Ettenger said. “Thank God the mortgage company that I have has deferred payments, because I would’ve already been foreclosed on by now.”

Uncertain she’ll ever see the money she’s been waiting on, she’s even less confident over getting a piece of any new federal funding.

“Where’s it going to come from? The money I’ve been fighting for is already discontinued,” Ettenger said.

President Trump’s announcement about bypassing Congress to extend relief to jobless Americans was met with confusion in Washington and in Florida.

Florida’s unemployment rate sits at 10.4%.

The Central Florida region is the hardest hit, with more claims in Orange County than any other.

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