According to Capitol Hill there is $600 per week in federal unemployment benefits available to those who have been laid off in addition to the $275 per week the state makes available.
The application must be made to the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity, and accepted, to begin collecting. And that’s been the hard part, with widespread reports of not being able to log on to the state website, or getting bumped off before finishing the application.
The DOE said it has spent more than $25 million the past couple of weeks to improve the computer and phone systems to collect the applications, and added 2,000 non-essential government employees who are not currently working in their usual roles to help handle calls regarding unemployment claims.
When the internet and phones are slammed, it’s snail mail to the rescue, and FedEx is stepping up to help those in need get the financial support promised.
State officials said more than 100 FedEx storefronts in the state are providing free printing and mailing of reemployment assistance applications. You can also access and print the application here and take it to FedEx, which shows these Osceola County applications that remain open as “essential businesses”:
FedEx Office Print & Ship Center, 4350 W Vine St, Kissimmee, FL 34746, 407-396-2923, open M-F 9 a.m.- 6p.m., Saturday 10-6
FedEx Office Print & Ship Center, 3295 Greenwald Way N, Kissimmee, FL 34741, 407-933-6760, M-F 9 a.m.- 6p.m., Saturday 10-6