Are People Getting Unemployment Help Post-Irma?

Daniel Rowinsky, staff attorney with Legal Services of Greater Miami, spoke with WLRN’s Wilson Sayre about what he has seen over the past few weeks as he has tried to help people through the application process for DUA.

Interview (Florida)

Wilson Sayre
WLRN (South Florida)
October 25, 2017

Tags: Disaster Recovery, Unemployment Insurance

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services of Greater Miami (LSGMI)


The numbers that the state has released of the number of applications they’ve accepted and approved for assistance are pretty low. What do you read into that?

Yeah, they are extremely low. I think that the last number that we got was 27,000 across the state [that number is up to 32,000 as of 10/25]. For a state as big as Florida, that’s a really low number. Just looking at the number, there is a serious issue in terms of how people apply for that benefit.

What I noticed though is when I went to meet with individuals we notice that most of the people were unaware that this program existed.