Florida Ends Extra $300 Weekly Federal Pandemic Unemployment Payments Effective Today

June 26, 2021

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program has official ended as of today in Florida, ending extra $300 per week payments.

Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity said there are more than 460,000 online jobs posted online that are available throughout the state for job seekers.

“Florida’s employers are also seeing employment growth, as more Floridians, including some who completely left the workforce, are now eagerly reentering the workforce. Transitioning away from this benefit will help meet the demands of small and large businesses who are ready to hire and expand their workforce,” said Dane Eagle, secretary of the Florida DEO.

Florida businesses and employers are hiring across the state and need unemployed Floridians to return to the workforce, according to Florida DEO.

For the week beginning June 27, 2021, eligible reemployment assistance claimants will no longer receive the supplemental $300 weekly FPUC payment.


47 Responses to “Florida Ends Extra $300 Weekly Federal Pandemic Unemployment Payments Effective Today”

  1. Tinamarie Ryan on August 15th, 2021 6:40 pm

    I know somebody whose employer “laid” her off during the pandemic. But she really wasn’t laid off at all. The business owner had her keep working and paid her under the table so the employee could get tax-free income and another $600 a week on top of that and the business owner got a PPP grant. That’s the stuff I am happy to see come to an end. And I’m betting there was a lot more of that in the sunny State of Florida!

  2. Jonathan on July 23rd, 2021 11:43 am

    What they don’t understand is ALL COMPANIES – ALWAYS just SAY they are hiring, so they have a massive and constant influx of applicants on demand. 90% of the companies posting “hiring” are not actually hiring, and in reality have 1000 applications on file. Anyone who’s had to job search, or worked in HR nows these things. The reality is, most of these commenters & critics have NO idea what they are talking about, because THEY are not having to work through the system and the corrupt companies & government policies. They just open their mouths and say random rhetorical nonsense because they are not beset by hardship and circumstance.

  3. Trina theresa on July 19th, 2021 4:12 am

    It’s not the unemployment money it’s the 3 600 per child. That is way too much. Why are people getting 20,000 if u have 4 children

  4. Lena on July 14th, 2021 1:28 pm

    Thank god it’s ending! Restaurants have been hiring everywhere! Most of them don’t do background checks ! Quit whining and get back to work and stop using excuses! The money is GONE! Get a job and just stop !!!!!

  5. George Christopher Violet on July 10th, 2021 1:36 pm

    DeSantis has taken it amongst himself to end the $300 weekly FPUC benefit for everyone collecting unemployment because he assumes that lazy people are not returning to work because they are making ends meet with the $300 a week extra. His assumption may be true for many, I agree that there are plenty of laziest taking advantage of the system. But for good people like myself who have no problem working. My background check cannot pass for 99% of employers because I am wrongfully convicted of a felony as a sex offender. Noone will hire me for gainful employment. I’ve applied hundreds of places, only to be rejected and discriminated against because of what corrupt law enforcement has done to my record. So DeSantis taking away my $300 weekly is unacceptable.

  6. Johny on July 10th, 2021 10:34 am

    Average rent in Florida is $1400.
    Average monthly pay after taxes is $1700.
    Welcome to red state.

  7. Andreana on July 5th, 2021 8:02 pm

    Unfortunately how unemployment change for struggling Americans of which was taken away on June 26th 2021 has made the economy much, much harder and as far as the work places hiring well let’s go there. I am fully dependable abs capable of getting the job in the interview and I AM A RECOVERING ADDICT PROUDLY! I can get the job in the interview and have all the qualifications and pass a drug test but my background is only 6.5 years old from bad choices of friends and these companies have drug users working in there work place without trying to help them get the help they need and just last week I had a job offer with drawn due to my background check. Every work place has a probationary program and sadly I would be the most beneficial to have on board but it would be there loss I have applied for over 500 jobs and this is how Florida employers are and I guess they don’t need the help they are saying they need thank you

  8. Tracey on June 30th, 2021 7:29 pm

    It’s honestly crazy the comments I read on here. First when you point a finger two are automatically pointing back just remember that. I am a well qualified individual with management experience in several different areas, also owned my own business for over 15 years. I have children, you see the problem now is places are hiring but see a person like myself lost there home, there car and live in a town with no public transportation. Due to the pandemic. I’ve tried trust me I have even if you do apply alit of these business also got government assistance, which states they stay open now you have put them at an insurance claim part. So taking people’s benefits 2 months before they expire anyways have done nothing but hurt Florida.

  9. Marilyn on June 30th, 2021 4:18 pm

    Prices are up on everything, but income has dropped; with the economy still being affected with this pandemic. The logic behind this situation is, people will be losing a lot more than bargained for! I’m in for an additional Xtra income stradey for all lower income families!

  10. Rick venable on June 30th, 2021 1:28 pm

    I didn’t even get the extra $300 for the last 2weeks like I should have or even if it did end I should have at least received one of the last 2 weeks

  11. Lynn on June 30th, 2021 10:43 am

    Go get a job is so easy to say unless you are trying to get a job. I have been in the Admin and Accounting field for over 10 years. I have been on so many interviews for the same position. I have found that the employers are wanting to pay less than before, I’m talking $2 – $4 less a hour before all this crap started. I have great references and a solid work history. I have been on at least 20 interviews in the past couple of weeks and nothing has came up yet. I am a single person living by myself so I have had my struggles so I decided to go back to waiting tables just to have a job. I have never been so talked down to by an owner in my life and I am almost 50 years old. These employers think because we are in need of a job that they can treat us with nothing but like trash. I bit my tongue and dealt with it but they wanted to work me doubles everyday. I couldn’t handle it, we would go all day long without a bathroom break or eating, no break at all. I don’t think most people can handle that kind of pressure, I know I couldn’t. I worked hard to get to where I was in my life for it all to be taken away and then belittled for trying to go to work to make ends meet and then you have the other people telling us that we are lazy. People, unless you are in the situation, you really should keep your opinions to yourself, I am not lazy and every day I am looking and interviewing.

  12. BJK on June 29th, 2021 12:55 am

    You don’t know how many people have come in for an interview where I am and have worked since the pandemic started… I work in the hospitality industry… They fill out an application and when interviewed and given a time to come in for training they do not come in just said that they are looking at other areas… Yeah, right

  13. Annetria on June 28th, 2021 7:09 pm

    Can Desantes first fix Deo Connect.We can’t even submit work searches without getting kicked out at least 20 times and still not being able to submit anything.All these hiring signs but they keep bypassing people with felonies.Desantes will NEVER understand the struggle we are going through to make ends meet.We have all these businesses who got PPP loans and still only want to pay minimum wage with only part time hours.Desantes should have made cities come up with more on the job training and apprenticeship programs.

  14. Butterfly on June 28th, 2021 7:02 pm

    So many of us have been trying to submit job searches and have been kicked out the system as soon as you get in and complete everything soon as you try to submit the job searches we get kicked out of connect have to start over only for the same thing to happen again all-day.People with a felony can’t get hired but they have all these hiring signs up.We deserve a second chance right?When will it truly happen.I and so many want to work.Desantis will NEVER understand the true struggle of the black communities and small towns.So many people have not received retro pay for payments never received.Now he refuse Federal help.Election day will come again so does God see all things.

  15. Marsela gonzalez on June 28th, 2021 6:59 pm


  16. Jose Paredes on June 28th, 2021 5:17 pm

    There is no allegiance to the people of Florida by this administration, Besides the fact that our governor decided to end the federal benefits. I have been unable to claim my benefits from the unemployment website because it has kicked me out the entire day. My only solution is to “grin and bear it.” But when the elections from 2022 come around, I will be voting for the whole Democratic ticket. This coming from a lifelong Republican who voted for Trump twice.

  17. Amber on June 28th, 2021 1:01 pm

    It’s honestly so sad to see so many judgemental people around. You never know a person’s struggle. You would think people are sitting home making millions off unemployment the way that most of you are talking. Yes, I understand some people are abusing the system, but why punish everyone? Especially the ones that need it the most. People are saying go get a job, there are signs everywhere. Most of those jobs that are hiring, won’t get you by when you have rent or mortgage over $1000, and that’s not even including utilities, car note, insurance, and your kids if you have any. I don’t see how anyone that’s on UI is affecting anyone else’s daily lives or interfering with their money. The only excuse I’ve been seeing is not being able to be seated at a restaurant in a timely manner. Do you necessarily have to eat at a restaurant?? Stop trying to shame others for needing extra assistance. How about you apply at those restaurants and help them out.

  18. Grace on June 28th, 2021 11:56 am

    I feel age is one problem I have applied many places some employers ask the question how old are you? When I say 61 we will get back to you.
    Yes there are signs help needed or now hiring humm..
    I feel that the cut off for the $300 should have been left for the older generation because yes we do have people taking advantage I even have family younger members that can work and don’t.
    I hope that some of these employers don’t get these jobs back
    Our government doesn’t see the problem it’s not easy getting or finding job
    Daycare is expensive and finding right child care. Price of gas cause most of the jobs are 30 to 40 miles away from where we live. Yes I agree people need to get back to work but some of us have some issues …

  19. Experienced Med. Provider on June 28th, 2021 11:40 am

    Charity, that’s great that you are looking for work, but don’t be disappointed if you are not qualified for the jobs for which you are applying. A doctor’s office or medical facility does not want to have to train you. They don’t have the time nor the staff to do that. They hire experienced and educated personnel for a reason. You have to be educated and know medical terminology to answer phones and check in/out patients. It’s not like working retail. We that work in the medical field went to school and learned our trade (MA, RN, MD, etc). We were not hired off the street and thrown to the wolves. If you want to work in the medical field, go to a trade school. You’ll be more comfortable and knowledgeable and will get a job in our field in no time.

  20. Charity on June 28th, 2021 10:11 am

    Ok I am going to chime in on alot of people on here saying get back to work none of you all know what everybody’s day in to day out struggles are at home for instants I have applied for 10 jobs do you think I have gotten a phone call back to go to work thats the problem with Florida there may be alot of now hiring signs but you can’t be picky like me for instant I would live to get a job at a medical facility working up front answering phones doing paper work checking people in and out but if you don’t have 6 months to a year medical experience in your back ground they won’t even consider you the best people to hire are ones they don’t know it and can be trained

  21. jay on June 28th, 2021 9:48 am

    I have been applying for jobs left and right my resume is great i have great experience and im looking to be hired. everyone is not lazy it sometimes take a while to get a job where you can actually afford to pay your bills. yeah there are tons of now hiring signs but for fast food. they wouldnt even hire me if i applied. until a company makes an offer im just applying daily going to job fairs networking. stop making it seem like we are the reason that we are not getting hired. obviously its based on the employers decision.

  22. Charity on June 28th, 2021 9:39 am

    Ok well I am going to chime in how many people got hit the 2nd week of June and unemployment to your check I have two 300 dollar checks that they have on hold for what ever reason I have not got a letter staying why they are holing my money that was part of my house payment and you can’t get through to talk to a live customer service person I have emailed them no response they were not suppose to stop my unemployment until June 26th if anyone on here could be of assistance please HELP……I have read some off the comments here l of peeps saying get back to work well who are you to tell people to get back to work mind your business you don’t know what’s everybody’s day to day struggles are and what they are going through.

  23. Kimberly Wheatley on June 28th, 2021 9:22 am

    Joe gets food stamps and struggles to make ends meet for his family on a basic wage as an economic slave

    James has a thriving business and gets millions in tax breaks through corporate welfare programs

    Which is more evil?

  24. TDG on June 28th, 2021 12:00 am

    -Mike Honcho “Whatever James red state here don’t like it move”
    51.22% voted “red” in Florida 2020, not exactly an overwhelming majority. 49.02% in 2016, not even a majority that time. This means that just about half of the voters don’t agree with you. Some day they might be the ones telling you to move if you don’t like it. That day might come sooner than you think. How’d you like that?

  25. Emily on June 27th, 2021 9:40 pm

    DeSantis says that Florida is going broke by helping the people of this state get through a historical pandemic, and yet we can cough up millions to send a military like police force to the border. It’s a little bit fishy to me. Yes, people are apprehensive about returning to work and they should rightly be that way. The companies are not providing the extra protection they promised. I’ve spoken to many frontline workers that say their company isn’t doing anything to help protect them. Some threw up a plastic barrier, but they’re not enforcing the mask being worn unless you have been vaccinated. Everyone should have a card that shows proof of vaccination, and if they don’t have one, then they should be required to wear a mask. All of the political drama about a world wide pandemic has been the reason the U.S. is the number 1 country with the most cases of COVID-19. It’s a shame that this country has become so divided politically over a major pandemic. It has become a source of contention throughout the country, because Trump tried to play it down, so that his precious stock market would continue to stay up. He knew about the pandemic in January, but the American people were not informed of a “flu like” disease in March. That was three months of people becoming spreaders and many people died; simply because he didn’t want the only good thing he had, the stock market, to be affected. I would say that he has blood on his hands for all of the lives lost, during the period of time that he left us in the dark. The generations before us had the good sense to know that getting the vaccines for polio, measles and mumps was what was good for them and their fellow Americans. This generation of people who believe anything they read or hear on the conspiracy theorists media, are turning this country into a circus of idiots and the laughing stock of the world.

  26. Josh on June 27th, 2021 8:05 pm

    Get ready for crime to go up. No more free money? Stand by for a increase in the bad element in your neighborhood. If you don’t have a firearm yet, now is the time to buy one. Oh, and spare me the anti-gun lectures. Thugs will have weapons, regardless. I have nothing but respect for ECSO. They are awesome, but they can’t be everywhere. You need to protect yourselves. I do, and so do ALL of my neighbors.

  27. No Excuses on June 27th, 2021 5:48 pm

    Christopher, good points. There are two that I want to make. Increasing wages is a temporary fix Once that happens, the price of goods and services increase, and you’re right back where you started. The other is about working during the pandemic. No, it’s not over, but I worked through the entire thing. I wore a mask, practiced social distancing to the extent that I could (I teach) and I got vaccinated because I judged the risk of a new vaccine to be more beneficial to myself than catching COVID. At some point, people will have to risk it and get back to work, or get vaccinated and get back to work. We DO need to work together. I agree wholeheartedly with that!

  28. Heather on June 27th, 2021 12:02 pm

    It’s very difficult to understand the journey of another. The mishandling of the pandemic GREATLY affected my solo business which I’ve owned for over 20 yrs. I lost tens of thousands of $$$ due to the shut down of the travel industry. Literally in a blink of an eye, I watched my income disappear.

    I lost my husband unexpectedly 2 yrs prior to pandemic at an early age and I’ve been struggling to take care of myself and keep a roof over my head. I’m over 50 now, am immunocompromised so taking a vaccine isn’t cut and dry for me like many other in the population. I thought business would have rebounded well before now, but cruises are still not operating, and international travel is the pits. I was paid a paultry 14,000 last yr from unemployment, less than 40% of my normal salary. I’ve incurred 13,000 worth of debt just to live. My legal business and my husband’s( he owned and operated for over 25 yrs) both paid INTO unemployment and also we paid payroll taxes for a cumulative 43 years.

    I am by NO MEANS lazy, nor do I watch TV all day, never turn it on til after 6 pm. I’m always doing something to better myself, or my living circumstances. I didn’t apply for any other additional assistance other than unemployment.

    I’m not able to work ANY job, I have some physical challenges so to assume that ALL people on unemployment are lazy, freeloaders, is beyond upsetting. I lost 10,000 in income just in June 2021 alone due to CDC restrictions that caused trips to be canceled. Do you know how long the federal government would have to pay me to reimburse that?

    This whole situation has devastated families across America. We need EVERYONE to have empathy and compassion and help your fellow American who is in situations like this. This was NOT my doing, I’m IN this situation due to choices govt. Leaders made without my consent. It’s all very very sad what’s happening to families like mine.

  29. Wyatte on June 27th, 2021 10:29 am

    It time to go to work people. Glad they are stopping it. Plenty of jobs out there.

  30. Christopher on June 26th, 2021 8:19 pm

    No Excuse, I’m a liberal I would say. Here’s a shocking turn of events. I agree with you. I’m not the brightest crayon in the box, I prefer to be grey anyways. Lol. I believe the Vast Majority enjoyed being on benefits do to the simple facts. It paid better then what employers We’re willing to pay. We as the people should have came at it a little different. Why couldn’t the moment be tested to see if higher wages were in fact the issues? Not the benefits. It’s slightly increasing. I’m sure it would rapidly increase. If the wages we’re reasonable to live off.((( It was a life line for a Pandemic.)) That is still having a effect. It’s not over. Some may not have seen but doing so allow people to stay indoors more. Isolating the virus. Quarantining In a way you can say. This virus is like kudzu, you can cut it all you want from your yard but as long a neighbor has it. It will keep coming back. Vaccine is not good for everyone. We really need all find a solutions by working together using each other’s point of view and voice of reason. Politicians aren’t the only ones who can move this country into a better future.

  31. David Huie Green on June 26th, 2021 7:45 pm

    “People are not scared of Corona”

    It may be that they aren’t afraid of COVID-19 but they are still dying of it — not as many as earlier, but it mutates in the infected and may eventually develop into a strain which current vaccinations won’t protect against.

    As it is only the unvaccinated are getting sick and dying. Governor DeSantis did well to get the most vulnerable protected…as long as they don’t still believe President Trump’s lies that it was just the flu or the sniffles and refuse to be vaccinated. They are the stupidest and most gullible, but I still hate to see them die, leaving loved ones behind and suffering.

    With that in mind, there is less reason currently to be unemployed. And all the deficit spending will cost us more interest payments until it is paid back — probably never so forever.

    David for better people

  32. Roger on June 26th, 2021 4:29 pm

    Quit being a burden on society and tax payers and go back to work. It’s pure laziness with all the available jobs out there.

  33. Mike Honcho on June 26th, 2021 4:16 pm

    Whatever James red state here don’t like it move

  34. No Excuses on June 26th, 2021 3:13 pm

    Good. Work for what you get. Unemployment was meant to be a temporary benefit until the recipient could get another JOB, not a living wage or a way of life. I have been fortunate to have never been on unemployment and I certainly don’t begrudge those who need it – temporarily. It is NOT the government’s (state or federal) job to take care of you. It’s your responsibility. Stop looking to others to support you and have some self pride over a job well done and go back to work. Sitting around the house collecting a check is just sorry if you are able to work.

    Okay, liberals, fire away.

  35. James Caverly on June 26th, 2021 2:25 pm

    An automatic $300 a week cut in family spending, will hurt business.
    GOP plays a fools game. Unemployment WILL NOT CHANGE.

  36. tg on June 26th, 2021 11:25 am

    Well i guess its off the couch no beer no tv all day i hate to go back to work.

  37. JD on June 26th, 2021 10:39 am

    People need to go back to work. Now on the other side of the argument is for you employers that have had good employees at times that left because of sorry wages and found something better, you all should do what it takes to keep a good employee or employees. They are far and few in between nowadays.

  38. Josh on June 26th, 2021 10:23 am

    Just traveled from Pensacola to Orlando. Literally everywhere we stopped had help wanted signs. We had a issue getting lunch and dinner because the business are so short staffed they couldn’t take customers. It’s absurd, if you can’t find a job then you are clearly not trying hard enough or at all…

  39. Bewildered on June 26th, 2021 10:17 am

    Great decision. People try to pretend the $300 is all they get. This amount was on top of their normal unemployment. In New York it’s double : $600 plus unemployment. Then go to all the free food give-a-ways. People are not scared of Corona, they work under the table and with a yearly TAX-FREE income of $52,000 they can be choosey what work they want to do and charge outrageous prices! Why this is deemed to be a political issue beats me ….

  40. Carlos McGugin on June 26th, 2021 9:14 am

    Daisy, That is $150,000,000 a week that Florida tax payers won’t have to cough up. There are help wanted signs everywhere. They can get a job today, if they want to work. Most hospitality industries that aren’t back yet is because no one wants to work. They would rather get the $300 weekly and sit at home.

  41. Bob on June 26th, 2021 9:09 am

    So Florida doesn’t have enough money to protect people who lost their jobs due to our mishandling of the pandemic, but we have enough money to pay for law enforcement to travel to Arizona to watch the Southern border.

    The whole point of paying taxes is for our government to promote the general welfare. If our government is no longer concerned with the wellbeing of its constituents, then it has failed its primary function.

    I wish I could say I was surprised, but I’m not. Just disappointed.

  42. Just saying on June 26th, 2021 9:01 am

    There are Help Wanted/Hiring Now signs EVERYWHERE. People should not have a problem finding a job! The only distress it will cause is making lazy people get up and go to work.

  43. Century on June 26th, 2021 8:49 am

    Now people can get off there’ lazy selfs and get to work.

  44. ROBERT on June 26th, 2021 8:47 am

    There are jobs every where…go back to work. I am 74 years old and work 40 hours a week. If I can do it so can the rest of the unemployed. I work to stay active and useful. I have a custodial job at a pre-k school. Nothing keeps you young at heart and content as small kids. Work for what you want..it is the American way.

  45. Daisy on June 26th, 2021 8:12 am

    That’s 500,000 people in Florida, and 4,000,000 total that won’t be spending money in establishments. Some hospitality industries aren’t back yet, including those that rely on business and international travel. There is no need to drop people off a cliff, and cause distress. September is not that far. Stay tuned for a lawsuit. Judge in Indiana just ordered benefits to continue.

  46. JTV on June 26th, 2021 7:26 am

    Good, get to work America.

  47. Bama on June 26th, 2021 6:28 am

    It’s about time ,to many on it that don’t deserve or need it .Should never even applied to so many on it .You get laid off from McDonalds you did not deserve it .Maybe $50-$100.more but not $300.-$600 extra a week

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