DeSantis Tells Floridians to Get Back to Work: 'We Have an Abundance of Job Openings'
'The whole idea is that it’s temporary'
Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told unemployed Floridians that May would be the last month they can collect benefits with proving they are actively searching for employment.
DeSantis said Florida now offers ample opportunity for employment and urged residents to come off unemployment benefits, CBS Miami reported.
“Normally, when you’re getting unemployment, the whole idea is that it’s temporary, and you need to be looking for work to be able to get off unemployment,” DeSantis said.
“It was a disaster, so we suspended those job search requirements.
"I think it’s pretty clear now — we have an abundance of job openings.”
“We absolutely can put more people to work,” he continued.
“The demand is there. Businesses want to hire more people, and I think we can go in that direction very soon,” he added.
The Tampa Bay Times reported Florida’s rate of unemployment was 13.8% during the height of lockdowns in April 2020.
That rate had dropped to 4.7% in March, below the national average, and represents approximately 475,000 unemployed people out of a workforce of 10.7 million, according to a recent report from the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity.
“I think now we’re in just a different situation; you have a surplus of jobs, particularly in restaurant, lodging, hospitality, that people want to hire,” DeSantis said.
“I mean, you see the signs all over the place."
"Look, that’s a good problem to have.
"But we also just want to make sure, like, look, if you’re really unemployed, can’t get a job, that’s one thing."
"But making sure that you’re doing your due diligence to look for work, and making sure those incentives align, better.”
DeSantis also announced this week that Florida will be sending $1,000 bonuses to every first responder who worked during the pandemic.
“Some want to defund the police. In Florida, we’re funding them & then some … ” he tweeted.
DeSantis is a rising star in the Republican Party, and some speculate he could be on the party’s presidential ticket in 2024.