Unemployment Problems

By: Travis Feltner Email
By: Travis Feltner Email
Unemployment woes continue today as the latest statistics reveal 566 more folks in Bay County were out of a job last month than the month before.

**FILE** In this July 30, 2008 file photo, jobs brochures are seen on display at a state unemployment office in Sunnyvale, Calif. The government says Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, the number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, the second straight weekly drop from a six-year high. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)

Since October, a handful of businesses have either closed or announced temporary layoffs including Oceaneering, Century Boat, Circuit City, Stock Building Supply, Trane, Berg Steel Pipe and Linen n' Things.

When companies do this the workers usually head to the Workforce Center in Panama City.

Sue Senkle, Workforce Center Rep., said, "We have seen increased foot traffic here at the work force center, but we have been prepared. We quite often are told and try to get the numbers so that we can be prepared with unemployment booklets and go out to the employers and prepare people for the temporary layoffs that have occurred."

If you're having trouble finding a job, Senkle says don't get discouraged.

"We do have open positions in our area. There is currently about 140 positions on our website, and if they come here to our office, register with us, we can let them know where those openings are."

What about unemployment compensation? How do you get it? Depending on your work history, you may be eligible for $275 a week for a maximum of 39 weeks.

There are two ways you can apply. First, you can call 1-800-204-2418 and apply over the phone.

Second, you can do it online at www.fluidnow.com. That takes you to Florida's unemployment compensation page. Scroll down to "file an unemployment claim (initial claim)," click on the first link to the application, and follow the steps.

The Workforce Center is located in the Mariner Plaza on 231 in Panama City. It's open from 8 to 5, Monday through Friday.


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