Floridians collecting state unemployment benefits must now prove they are actively looking for work if they want to stay on the dole.
The policy, which began Tuesday, requires anyone receiving unemployment to submit at least five applications per week and register with local career centers, according to local Fox 13.
The change comes as the state’s hospitality industry is facing a shortage of workers, which has led many restaurants to reduce hours.
Frank Sierra, the general manager of a Florida restaurant, approved of the new rules, telling Fox 13: “I think it’s going to put a lot more people to work. It’ll obviously fill some of those positions that are in demand. Business six months ago wasn’t really demanding, so if you had somewhat of a shorter staff, you were able to get by, and everything was fine, but I think this might boost people as business picks up. I think it’ll help people out with more applicants.”
“It’s definitely been more challenging than