With the Panhandle still recovering from Hurricane Michael which hit last month, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., urged the federal government to extend deadlines for Floridians impacted by it to file for unemployment.
Rubio wrote U.S. Labor Sec. Alexander Acosta on the matter on Friday, calling on him to “approve the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s request to extend the deadline for individuals to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), as a result of Hurricane Michael,” insisting, according to the senator’s office, “the extension would allow individuals who were affected by Hurricane Michael the ability to apply for much needed assistance.”
“I write in support of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s request to extend the deadline for individuals to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), as a result of Hurricane Michael, for an additional 14 days,” Rubio wrote Acosta. “As you know, Hurricane Michael caused substantial damage throughout Florida’s Panhandle, and the region is still recovering. An extension would allow those individuals most affected by the deadly storm the ability to apply for this much needed assistance.
“Northwest Florida suffered extensive destruction after the category four storm struck. Many jobs have been affected, and as damages continue to be assessed, many more businesses may permanently close their doors. As businesses continue to make these decisions, workers need support systems as they seek new employment opportunities,” Rubio added. “Thank you for your attention to this important request.”