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Shutdown stalls release of Florida employment data

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The release of Florida’s September 2013 employment and jobs figures scheduled for Friday will not take place because federal data is not available, a Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Press Secretary said Wednesday.

“Due to the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Labor has not been available to supply the data used to process state information,” spokeswoman Jessica Sims said. “At this time, we do not have any detailed information regarding the release of the September 2013 data as the (U.S. Labor Department staff) is not available to provide further direction.”

Florida’s jobless rate was 7 percent in August, the last report stated.

Separately, the state’s Connect system, launched Tuesday for filing jobless claims, continued to encounter difficulties.

A Tampa woman whose experience reflected one of a range of problems said the Connect program sought added explanations for why she stopped working, but when she uploaded documentation, Connect responded with six error messages.

“It’s been nothing but a hassle,” said Margaret Taormina of Tampa, who spent Wednesday on the phone trying to resolve her issues, but could not file her request.

As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, “Connect” served 18,000 people, following 29,653 claims Tuesday, the Department of Economic opportunity reported.

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