The Unemployed Life

Florida unemployment office’s 35-year-old computer down

Who knows if the ancient system used to process payments for Florida’s 250,000 unemployed workers has finally kicked the bucket. But over the last two days, while trying to fill my claim, the online system has given me a peculiar error message:

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I tried calling this morning and the automated phone system tells me the computer is “down.” WTF?! I’m hoping this is somehow related to the positive changes at the Agency for Workforce Innovation. To handle a huge influx of calls over the last 18 months, the state is outsourcing some work to an Orlando call center. Hopefully, I say. Because if the state’s unemployment benefits computer database crashed, we’re going to have some angry, broke people in the streets. Including me.

If anybody has some clues as to what’s going on, please comment below.