Florida’s incoming Gov. Rick Scott has created a firestorm in the state by announcing the unemployed are not looking for work. In a state study just done it showed people out of work are spending on an average of 20 minutes a day looking for work. Scott’s recommendations are to tighten job-search requirements for people getting benefits, cut off assistance for those who do not comply and assign community work for those who do not get a job in 12 months. Scott’s goals; increase employment and reduce the payout of unemployment benefits, as well as the unemployment compensation tax burden on businesses.
– DSMW, when faced with interviewing new job applicants, found workers wanted to use us as a reference on their unemployment forms (a process done to keep receiving unemployment benefits) but were not interested in the available job.