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Florida unemployed face weaker safety net

by Mitchell Hartman Feb 12, 2020
After jobless claims spiked in the Great Recession, the state changed its system to pay less for a shorter duration to fewer recipients.
Florida is among a number of states that have cut back on unemployment assistance. Above, Miami Beach.
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Should we be paying closer attention to weekly unemployment claims?

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Dec 4, 2019
"It's really a measure, I think, of worker confidence in the economy," said Tara Sinclair of George Washington University.
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