Florida’s lower unemployment rate means the state no longer qualifies for federal extended benefits, and the federal emergency unemployment compensation expires at the end of 2012. Once offering up to 99 weeks of benefits, the combined state and federal compensation could be reduced to 20 weeks or less for Florida workers who lose their jobs in the future. It is estimated that 836,000 workers still remain jobless.
Federal emergency unemployment compensation, which is due to expire at the end of the year, once offered up to 53 weeks of benefits. Each week that goes by is one less week of benefits until they are completely cut off at the end of 2012.